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Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Beautiful on the nose with bright wild berry fruit framed by floral and mineral, and smoky top notes. Rich and powerful on entry, this is already very complex with sweet tart berry fruit framed by a little ash, briar and wood spice on entry. gaining focus in the mouth I love the tannins here, angular and craggy as they support the core of dark, inky bramble berry fruit. Just explosive on the mid-palate where the core of dark oily fruit is remarkably fresh and deep all leading to a long finish that shows off a little chocolatiness of the oak. 92pts

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Ridge Vineyards:
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name... Read more
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and zinfandel account for most of the production; syrah, grenache, carignane, and petite sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/02/2013

Beautiful on the nose with bright wild berry fruit framed by floral and mineral, and smoky top notes. Rich and powerful on entry, this is already very complex with sweet tart berry fruit framed by a little ash, briar and wood spice on entry. gaining focus in the mouth I love the tannins here, angular and craggy as they support the core of dark, inky bramble berry fruit. Just explosive on the mid-palate where the core of dark oily fruit is remarkably fresh and deep all leading to a long finish that shows off a little chocolatiness of the oak. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 08/08/2014

Whack me with your vanilla stick, and a slathering of toasted coconut while you're at it, all layered over rich and slightly sweet zinberry fruit packed with briary nuance. No one will call this elegant or refined, but it does explode with rich, pure blackberry and logan berry fruit on the palate and is a wonderfully satisfying old school example of Zinfandel! 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 1993 04/19/2013

A wow wine in this company. Intense and perfumed on the nose still showing hints of American, oak with dill accents to the leathery, black fruited nose that shows some light spice notes topped with lovely red cherry fruit and hints of grilled meat. Everything comes together gorgeously, adding in stewy plums and spice notes with air. Sweet on entry, then meaty with intense strawberry, spiced raspberry and American oak flavors. While it does show a touch of heat on the finish, this comes with lots of black berry and almost black currant fruit. Sweetly fruited on entry, this shows excellent integration with compelling complexity and lovely spice on the finish. Finish is a touch short at first, though there is a fine echo to the fruit. 92pts


Member Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,723
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 08/16/2016

Dark red plum color. Fairly fruity nose. Plum is my initial tongue sensation—very close to, but not quite prune in sweetness and texture. Noticeable, but not blatant tannin along with similar acid give this wine backbone and structure.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,723
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2015

Very attractive garnet color. Super intro to the palate. Very much in the Zin style that I recall from the 1980s. In addition to the blackberry fruit, I get the impression that they were not too fussy during the crushing process about picking out leaves and stems. I just get the sensation that this is a rustic wine meant for relatively simple foods and just for fun. Firm, gripping tannin. Easy to enjoy tart acids. Agreeable, lengthy finish.


Snooth User: adammcp
100196668
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/28/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: ctrueman
33246287
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/04/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/24/2013

A blen of 78% Zinfandel, 18% Alicante Bouschet, 3% Petite Sirah , and 1% Mourvedre. The 2011 pagani racnch is rich boysenberry and rhubarb aromas together with barrel spice, licorice and fresh mint. On the palate is ripe plum fruit, juicy acid, sensuous tannins, and a long finish.


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Vintage: 2011 11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2010 09/20/2012

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2010 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

The (15% alcohol) 2001 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (88% Zinfandel and 12% Alicante Bouchet) is a powerful effort. It reveals surprisingly good acidity for a wine of this size, as well as deep, chewy, Amarone-like raisiny, raspberry and cherry flavors intermixed with hints of prunes and earth. A touch of asphalt also makes an appearance in this full-bodied, chunky 2001. Drink it over the next 5ndash;6 years.


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Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

Pagani's centenarian vines grow in northern Sonoma valley, the vineyard mostly Zinfandel, with alicante bouschet (9 percent) and petite sirah (3) as well. In 2000, they grew a broad and generous red, even if the wine's substantial acidity kicks the fruit aside to show the lean, sophisticated structure underneath. It trails off with an impression of burnt chocolate, peppermint, pie crust, interactions of fruit, tannin and oak that should only gain complexity with age.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

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 7ndash;8 years


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Pagani Ranch has long been a renowned source for top quality Zinfandel, and Ridgersquo;s 1999 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (90% Zinfandel, 7% Alicante Bouchet, and 3% Petite Sirah) came in at 14.1% alcohol. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied be tangy, hard acidity, a big, sweet, black cherry and briery noise, excellent ripeness, medium to full body, and a moderately long, austere finish. Enjoy it over the next 4ndash;6 years.


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