A wine of tremendous energy and punch, the 2011 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch offers up layers of expressive dark red fruit supported by a vibrant beam of acidity. The tension, vibrancy and freshness in 2011 are a marvel to behold. I very much like the sense of nuance and vitality in the glass. All the elements are in the right place. The Pagani Ranch is old-vine (planted in the 1890s) Zinfandel with a dollop of mixed blacks, including Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. (AG)
Opaque ruby. Powerful, brooding aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis, dark chocolate and licorice. Dense and sweet, with a velvety texture, offering strong dark berry and plum preserve flavors brightened by a peppery nuance. Shows serious concentration and extract on the finish, featuring smooth tannins and a touch of mocha. This needs some time. Officer told me that this fruit was picked on October 1, safely ahead of the heavy rains. 92+ Points (ST)
Zesty and briary in the most classic sense, with cracked pepper and blackberry aromas leading to firm, layered black raspberry, bitter chocolate and grilled herb flavors that lean toward the tannins. Best from 2015 through 2021. 298 cases made. (TF)
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