2018 Dante Dusi Zinfandel

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2018 Dante Dusi Zinfandel
2018 Dante Dusi Zinfandel

This is the quintessential “Dusi Fruit”.  Janell’s Grandfather and Great Uncles planted this dry farmed vineyard in 1945. The vineyard’s unique microclimate and the Dusi Family’s old-world, handcrafted grape growing techniques, produces this iconic fruit.  Janell’s winemaking style lets the fruit speak for itself. 

We knew when harvesting the 2018 fruit that this would be an exceptional wine. The acids and brix (sugar) were at the right balance at the right time. We didn’t get a lot of rain that year, so the fruit was very concentrated. From the nose of white pepper to the full mouth feel with lingering dark fruit finish, it’s the Zin for Zin Lovers – brambly, yet spicy. Think wild blackberries mingling with peppery undertones.

Take a sip and you’ll get plum and a hint of tart cranberry with a haunting, spicy, dry finish. It’s the perfect balance between jam & pepper.

AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardDante Dusi
Volume750 ml

92 pts

  • Inky purple. Ripe, expansive cassis, cherry and vanilla qualities on the spice-accented nose. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry and floral pastille flavors that show no rough edges. Smooth, even tannins lend shape to a long, smoky finish that features lingering spice and dark fruit notes.

Drinking window: 2022 - 2031

Josh Raynolds. Tasting date: October 2020




The Fifty Best has once again shined its spotlight on zinfandel wines from California by hosting a tasting where 17 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best California Zinfandel” awards for 2020.

The Fifty Best is very pleased to announce that J Dusi 2018 Zinfandel Dante Dusi Vineyardwas awarded a Double Gold medal.

TheFiftyBest.com is a digital guide to wines & spirits, featuring rated listings resulting from proprietary blind tastings as judged by wine/spirits journalists, sommeliers, wine/spirit retailers, mixologists, wine consultants and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.
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