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Ridge "Pagani Ranch" Zinfandel 2008 (Sonoma Valley, California) - [RP 94] [WS 92] [ST 91]
Ridge "Pagani Ranch" Zinfandel 2008 (Sonoma Valley, California) - [RP 94] [WS 92]


 
 

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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 85% zinfandel, 10% alicante bouschet, 3% pet sirah
Region: Sonoma Valley, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

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Product Code: RIDGEPAGANIRANCHZIN08-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

bottled February 2010
85% zinfandel, 10% alicante bouschet, 3% petite sirah, 2% carignane
15.0% alcohol by volume

History

Since 1991, Ridge has made zinfandel from the old Pagani vineyard on the east-facing side of Sonoma Valley. Almost all the vines here were planted more than a hundred years ago. Pagani Ranch is a fine example of what we look for in a vineyard: low-yielding old vines, carefully tended by a quality-conscious family who, in this case, have worked the land for four generations. The vineyard's long survival is proof of its merit. An average site would have been abandoned during the thirteen years of Prohibition, or during the Depression.

Vintage

Harvest Date: 30 October
Grapes: Average Brix 25.5 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary. Pressed at five days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (25% new, 25% one year, 50% three and four years old)
Aging: Sixteen months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: Below average (less than 30 inches)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: A dry spring and a warm, dry summer with no sustained heat spells

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes - Cherry preserve nose, highlighted by red plum, dried cranberry. Appealing mix of exotic fruit and spice on entry, bright flavors enhanced by firm acidity. Structured, balanced. Very long finish. EB (6/10)


Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2008 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is a blend 85% Zinfandel, 10% Alicante Bouschet, and the rest Petite Sirah that tips the scales at a lofty 15% alcohol. Possessing ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some wood spice, earth, and subtle herbs, this wine cuts a broad, rich, full-bodied swath across the palate. More exuberant and richer than the more elegant Lytton Springs, this is full-throttle Zinfandel at its best, but beautifully pure, textured, and long. It should drink well for 7-8 years." - Robert Parker (Feb 2011)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This is big, and loaded with jammy blackberry fruit, but there’s a sense of elegance and focus in its full-bodied flavors. Layered notes of licorice, caramel, toast and sage lead to a finish of firm but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2016."—T.F. (May 4, 2011)

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"(includes 10% alicante bouschet, 3% petite sirah and 2% carignane): Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed, oak-spiced of cherry compote, blackberry, cola and vanilla bean, with smoke and black cardamom notes adding complexity. Sappy, broad and densely packed dark fruit flavors show very good intensity and pick up a spicy character with air. Really clings on the finish, which leaves notes of cherry, licorice and candied violet behind." - Josh Raynolds (May/June '11)

95 Points & 3 Stars - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (2006 vintage):
"7% Alicante Bouschet; 3% Petite Sirah; 2% Carignane. In this outing, the Pagani Ranch wine is a touch richer in oak than the family recipe predicts, yet beneath its seductive veneer of vanilla and crème caramel lies lots of deep, delicious, precisely defined zinfandel fruit. Broad and balanced on the palate and firmed by just the right bit of tannin, it ends with an exceptionally long, very rich, berry-like finish and promises to develop nicely over the next three to six years." - Charles E. Olken (1/2009)

95 Points & 3 Stars - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (2004 vintage):
"16% Alicante Bouschet; 4% Petite Sirah; 4% Other. This wine often reaches exaggerated levels of ripeness and dried grape concentration, but, in the current vintage, it has displays admirable depth and far-ranging fruit without resort to excess To be sure, it is wholly concentrated and shows an emphasis on blackberry fruit but in no way does it approach the 2003 which, despite earning 90 points, was described as "out in front of the pack when it comes to sheer volume and unbridled ripeness". Indeed, there is even a touch of latter palate restraint and tightness to be found in this rendition. This is stunning stuff built along the lines of table wine Zinfandel. Bravo." - Charles E. Olken (1/2007)





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