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2008 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1061641 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2011)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The largest scaled in the lineup, the 2008 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is a blend of 85% Zinfandel, 10% Alicante Bouschet, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Carignane that spent 16 months in a combination of new and old American oak. The wine sports full bore aromatics of black fruits, licorice, vanilla, spice, and earth on the nose, and while there’s lots of ripe, rich fruit, there’s also good clarity and freshness as well. The wine oozes fruit and extract on the palate and presents a full bodied, decadent profile, with good acidity, a fantastic mid-palate, and a long, mineral-laced finish. There’s plenty of structure hiding under all of the fruit, and this should age gracefully for up to a decade or more. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (TF) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

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