2011 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
The 2011 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is one of the most overt wines in this range of 2011 Zinfandels from Ridge. Whereas as Geyserville and Lytton Springs are wines of site, first and foremost, the Pagani Ranch really screams Zinfandel in its intense, super-ripe fruit. The 2011 is an excellent choice for drinking over the next handful of years. In 2011 the blend is 78% Zinfandel, 18% Alicante Bouschet, 3% Petite Sirah and 1% Mataro (Mourvedre)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pagani Ranch has been an important Zinfandel in the Ridge lineup since the first bottling in 1991. The Pagani property, on the east-facing side of Sonoma Valley, features low-yielding vines which are almost entirely over 100 years old. It has been tended by the same quality-conscious family for four generations. Winemaker Eric Baugher describes the profile of the 2011 vintage as such: "Deep garnet; boysenberry and rhubarb aromas, barrel spice, licorice and fresh mint; ripe plum fruit, juicy acid, sensuous tannins, long finish."