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2016 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1374520 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is bright, focused and beautifully perfumed. Bright red cherry, blood orange, pomegranate, mint and rose petal notes are all lifted in this exquisite, finessed Zinfandel. Silky, medium in body and gracious, the 2016 is absolutely sublime. The oak is just a bit pronounced at this stage, but that should not be an issue over time. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Made by John Olney, as well as in the Sonoma facility for the first time, the 2016 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch offers lots of smoke tobacco, dried herbs, and savory black and blue fruits to go with a medium-bodied, nicely balanced style on the palate. With fine tannins and rock-solid acidity, it’s another terrific wine that’s loaded with character. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A charmingly medium-bodied red that is a blend of 88 per cent zinfandel, nine per cent petite sirah and three per cent alicante bouschet. Raspberry and blueberry aromas deliver a fresh impression on the nose that leads to a crisply appealing palate with a brightly resolved finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (11/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is excellent, offering up a lavish bouquet of ripe cherries, raspberries and sweet spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with an ample core of succulent, mouthwatering fruit structured around fine-grained, youthfully chewy tannins. Rich and concentrated, it's balanced by mouthwatering acids. It should be well worth following for the next 10-15 years. This was a great set of recent releases from Ridge, with the superb 2016 Geyserville standing out as a particular highlight. I've also included a few notes on barrel samples tasted at the Monte Bello winery. Ridge boasts as illustrious a history as any winery in California, but they certainly aren't resting on their laurels. Indeed, a persuasive case could be made that Ridge is currently producing the best wines they've ever made. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark There is no shortage of 'there' here, but it is presented in a balanced, polished and very deeply fruited package that shows the winery’s unrivalled ability to get the most out of Zinfandel while still staying entirely within fairly classic varietal boundaries. The wine’s clear focus on black berries with hints of red and its soft, rich woody trim are backed by early suppleness on entry and underlying tannins that bring both backbone and aging potential to the wine. It is so well made that it could drink perfectly now with roasted lamb dishes while also promising a more sophisticated side if allowed to rest in the cellar for some three to five years. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (1/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Brooding and dense in structure, offering appealing if eccentric black plum, smoky licorice and spice box flavors that finish with lively tannins. Best after 2019. (TF) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Warm and spicy, this is a heady vintage of Pagani, its rich blackberry fruit held in a savory tannic grip. The texture is fine and silken, the alcohol bold. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

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