95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Syrah
Benito Dusi Ranch
* Bottled Sep 2010
* For a 3rd year, dry conditions persisted in Paso Robles. Fortunately, a few late-spring storms tracked south, delivering just enough rain for the vines to make it through the season. High temperatures in July andAugust brought ripeness over the first three weeks of September.
* During primary fermentation, submerged-cap grids kept skins in contact with juice; an uninoculated malolactic finished in five weeks. The wines, with their yeast lees, were then transferred to barrel, where fermentation continued.
* We assembled the most intense, full-bodied lots, adding a small amount of petite sirah for structure. The fruit's slight sweetness is balanced by firm acid, its freshness accentuated by early bottling.
* Delightfully approachable, this wine will be most enjoyable over the next five years.