2008 Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #500205
Awesome Zin! Full of lavish flavors, don't pass on this one! This opulent Pagani exemplifies the complexity that can be drawn from old field-blend vines. 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. Enjoyable now!
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ROBERT PARKER RATING: 94
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: 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.
WINE SPECTATOR RATING: 92
WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: 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.
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.
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Vintage 2008
Country United States
Region California
Appellation Sonoma County
Bottle Size 750ml
Special Assignment Best Sellers
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