As I noted in a previous post, Harvest 2010 is picking up steam here at Monte Bello, with the first arrival of fruit from the Dusi Ranch in Paso Robles coming in just late last week. The fruit from this property is always a joy to sample; it’s quite an unusual vineyard, both in general, and in our specific portfolio. For one thing, it’s planted entirely to zinfandel, which is extremely unusual for a Californian vineyard with 80+ year-old vines. It’s also the only vineyard we work with that is located south of the Monte Bello vineyards.
Anyhow, since we’re talking Paso, I thought I’d share some recent pics that our Marketing Manager Heidi Nigen took; she was down in Paso with our VP of Vineyard Operations David Gates last week, taking a preliminary look at the Dusi fruit in expectation of its imminent arrival.
First RIDGE Zinfandel Paso Robles: 1967
Location: 3 miles south of Paso Robles, east of 101.
Soils: Rocky and gravelly with some areas of light soil
Age of vines: Zinfandel, planted 1923. (40 acres).
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned. Dry farmed.
Yields: 1.5 – 2.0 tons/acre
Climate: Hot days, cool nights.
Exposure: Full exposure in all directions
Owner: Benito Dusi
Dusi Ranch is the only Ridge vineyard south of the San Francisco Bay area. It is planted entirely to zinfandel, unusual in a vineyard more than eighty years old. Purchased by Sylvester and Catarina Dusi in 1924, the property has been farmed for many years by their son Benito, the present owner.