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Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2007 (Benito Dusi Ranch, Paso Robles, California) - Wine Spectator [91] - Connoisseurs' Guide [90]
Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2007 (Benito Dusi Ranch, Paso Robles, California) - Wine Spectator [91] - Connoisseurs' Guide [90]


 
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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 100% Zinfandel
Region: Benito Dusi Ranch, Paso Robles, California
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: RIDGEPASOROBLESZIN07-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

The eighty-year-old vines on Benito Dusi's ranch set a full crop, with yields equaling those of 2005. Above-average summer temperatures quickly advanced the growing season, but cooling ocean breezes slowed the process, and we harvested two weeks later than usual. Natural yeasts carried out primary fermentation in small tanks, which were pumped over twice daily. An uninoculated malolactic fermentation finished rapidly, allowing us to assemble the selected parcels in November. The blend was racked to air-dried american oak barrels — a quarter new, a very few one to two years old, and the balance four years old. Careful racking off the sediment brought brilliant clarity by the ninth month. This vineyard's forward fruit and soft tannins have often dictated early bottling. In this vintage, however, our blind tastings confirmed the need for a full thirteen months of barrel age.


What Does It Taste Like?

100% Zinfandel. Rich fruit and the spice of barrel aging are beautifully balanced in this accessible Zinfandel. It will be at its best over the next five years.


Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Complex and zesty, offering a distinctive sense of place. Lively wild raspberry and spicy dill aromas open to crisp, layered and supple stewed plum, licorice and coconut-tinged oak flavors. The tannins are appealingly rustic. Drink now through 2014. 3,750 cases made." -TF (Web 2009)

90 Points & One Puff - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine:
"If as usual among the more forward and accessible of the many Ridge Zinfandels, the Dusi Vineyard bottling is, in this vintage, a bit deeper in fruit and better balanced than is often the case. It is loaded with well-defined and juicy berry-like fruit and is more rounded in feel than it is soft, and its carefully fit acids lend a nice lift to its lingering finish, and, while it can comfortably hold for a couple of years, it is a tasty drink now perfectly matched to sundry barbecued fare." (5/2009)

90 Points - California Grapevine:
"If as usual among the more forward and accessible of the many Ridge Zinfandels, the Dusi Vineyard bottling is, in this vintage, a bit deeper in fruit and better balanced than is often the case. It is loaded with well-defined and juicy berry-like fruit and is more rounded in feel than it is soft, and its carefully fit acids lend a nice lift to its lingering finish, and, while it can comfortably hold for a couple of years, it is a tasty drink now perfectly matched to sundry barbecued fare." (6/2009)



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