2009 Ridge Vineyards "Benito Dusi Ranch" Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1069466 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Leave it to Ridge to make one of the best Zinfandels to come out of Paso Robles. Although the wine shows Paso's lush ripe flavors and softness and is sweet in raspberry jam and chocolate, it maintains structural integrity. Drink it now with great barbecue.  (9/2011)

K&L Notes

The Benito Dusi Ranch is the only vineyard site that Ridge sources from on the Central Coast, and they've been doing so since 1967. The vineyard, with its rocky gravel soils is three miles south of the city of Paso Robles and was planted in 1922. Aged in new and somewhat new American oak barrels for nine months and deepened by the addition of 5% Petite Sirah, the 2009 Zinfandel has the intensity and structure fans of this bottling expect. Sweet and tangy red and black fruit, white pepper and spice make this a fun, approachable Zin for drinking now and over the next five years.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8