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RIDGE ESTATE PASO ROBLES ZINFANDEL 2018 750ML

Benito Dusi’s Ranch is the only zinfandel vineyard that Ridge sources from within the Central Coast Viticultural Area. The 1967 vintage was the first wine from the Dusi Ranch. Dark garnetred color. Aromas of ripe plum and cherry fruits, sweet oak, and complex gravel earth. Enters with sweet bramble fruit, rich tannins, toasted oak, and complex minerality. Refreshing acidity supports a long finish. Winter was unusually dry. If not for heavy rain in March, the vines would have struggled through summer. Late season heat accelerated ripening for an early September harvest. Fermentations were slow and the wines reached dryness only after being pressed and sent to barrel. Fourteen months in oak has added exotic spice and integrated tannins with its appealing fruit. It will be most enjoyable over the next seven years.


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