Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2022 (Paso Robles, California) - [WS 93] [JS 92]
Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2022 (Paso Robles, California) - [WS 93] [JS 92]

Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2022
(Paso Robles, California) - [WS 93] [JS 92]

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About this Wine:
Benito Dusi’s Ranch is the only zinfandel vineyard that Ridge sources from within the Central Coast Viticultural Area. The 1967 vintage was our first wine from the Dusi Ranch. It was planted to zinfandel in 1922 which is unusual because Prohibition had started two years earlier. Purchased by Sylvester and Catarina Dusi in 1924, the property has been farmed since the 1940s by their son Benito, the owner. Benito passed away in 2019, leaving the care of the vineyard to his nephew, Mike.


These old zinfandel vines on the Benito Dusi Ranch were planted in the 1920’s. Despite a dry, warm growing season , a healthy crop was at optimal ripeness for a late August harvest, just ahead of the record heat wave. Fifteen months in oak, rich, exotic fruit, fresh acidity, and a long finish make it enjoyable on release. It will develop beautifully over the next seven or eight years. 

Tasting Notes:
Garnet-red color with aromas of tropical fruits, ripe plum, strawberries, and toasted oak. Saturating cherry and fresh acidity on entry. Medium body, bramble fruit, exotic spices, and underlying dusty gravel notes. The finish shows minerality and is long and gratifying.

Technical Data

95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah

14.5% ABV

Vineyard: Dusi Ranch

Harvest Dates: 
Grapes: Average Brix 25.5˚
TA: 7.60 g/L
pH: 3.59
Fermentation: 100% natural primary and secondary fermentation.
Barrels: 90% air-dried American oak, 10% French oak (23% new, 31% one year old, 13% two years old, 7% three years old, and 26% four years old).
Aging: Sixteen months in barrel

Benito Dusi Vineyard grapes, hand-harvested; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush, 108 ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Brambly and dynamic, with cherry and raspberry flavors highlighted by briar patch, pepper and roasted anise notes. Finishes with zesty tannins. Drink now through 2034. 4,500 cases made." - Tim Fish (Aug 2024)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"This full-blown, full-bodied wine is ripe and rich, oozing blackberries, black cherries and dark plums on moderate tannins. Made from the Benito Dusi Ranch. Includes 5% petite sirah. Drink now." (May 2024)