2014 Ridge "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The deep purple colored Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is made in a medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant and seamless style. The blend is 80% Zinfandel, 17% Alicante Bouschet and the balance Petite Sirah, aged all in American oak, and it boasts fabulous notes of plums, black raspberries, chocolate, spice and potpourri. It’s not a massive wine, but it glides across the palate, has ripe, sweet tannin and integrated acidity. Most importantly, it’s a joy to drink. (JD)
The 2014 Pagani Ranch is the most immediate and obvious of the 2014 Zinfandels I tasted at Ridge. Ripe, forward and opulent, the Pagani will please readers who like a more flashy, up-front style. I expect the Pagani will offer most of its charms sooner rather than later, which makes it a terrific choice for drinking on the young side. I don't see the pedigree or complexity of the best Zinfandels in the lineup, but the Pagani is delicious. This site seems to naturally produce a riper style as full flavor development and tannin maturity only take place late in the season. This is an absolutely stellar set of wines from Ridge...Zinfandel fans will find much to like in the 2014s, a vintage that produced super-elegant wines. Of course, the biggest news at Ridge is Paul Draper's retirement, but then again, that has been in the works for so long that it was hardly a surprise when it was formally announced earlier this summer. As one of the foremost ambassadors of American wine, Draper leaves behind a rich legacy at Ridge going back to 1969 and a team that is more than capable of leading the winery into the next generation. (AG)
Combines power with elegantly focused fruit, offering aromas of black raspberry and fruitcake spice, layered with flavors of dried cherry, fresh herb and licorice. Drink now through 2027. 3,200 cases made. (TF)
Yet another decently composed set of aromas, with jammy notes added to its fruity first impressions of blackberries and red fruits, the wine is quite full on the palate with juicy early flavors that tilt in the direction of high ripeness. There is fruit aplenty here to keep the wine in reasonable balance and a spicy undertone for range and an added bit of interest. Pair it with a savory lamb roast over the next three to five years, and all will be well.
Indicative blend: 80% Zinfandel, 17% Alicante Bouschet, 3% Petite Sirah.