1999 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Dusi Ranch
Paso Robles, California
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $25.00 (Current release)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): 100% Zinfandel

This score may be conservative, given the youth of this wine and its likely improvement with age. Buit it did seem a little off the usual Ridge Paso Robles calibration curve: a little harsh and out of sorts -- travel shock? -- even though there was the usual deep purple color and obvious density of fruit. It was better with airing, starting off a little pruny and over-ripe tasting, then softening into the more familiar spiced plums. One taster said it had a bit of "pre-pubescent astringency." (This taster was later taken outside and shot.) Good Zin, and probably an 88 in 6 months to a year. - WB Team 2001-02-02


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