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2017 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel (Elsewhere $40) SKU #1435381

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DC 94 JD 94 RP 94
VN 94 JS 93
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Alicante Bouschet plays a role in many a Pagani Ranch Zinfandel blend, as this vineyard plays a prominent role in many a Sonoma County wine country tourist's photo: just look for the red-leafed vineyard in front of a big white barn. (Special note for fans of the wine movie, Bottle Shock: the vineyard is located directly across Calif. Highway 12 from the ruins of John Drummond's Dunfillan Winery, which served as a fictional recreation of the 1976 Paris tasting).

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  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    4/3/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the most memorable wines I ever tasted was the 1990 Ridge Geyserville purchased and drank upon release. Growing up in NJ I was mostly exposed to inexpensive European wines which were oftentimes middling Rhones or poor excuses from Italy served at my favorite restaurants in Little Italy. But when I first put my nose in that '90 Geyserville, it nearly blew my mind. I had never encountered so much luxurious fruit. Well, this Pagani Ranch Zinfandel reminded me of that earlier wine. It's such an excruciatingly delicious wine just packed with fresh brambly berries with a mile long finish. I could smell this amazing fruit bowl bouquet all day long. Simply lovely.
  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    4/3/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This makes a striking first impression, blooming with exquisite aromatics of fresh berries, spring blossoms, potpourri and tropical flowers. I could spend all day with my nose in the glass. Despite that tough act to follow, the palate holds up, alight with raszzleberry, pomegranate, and fine-grained tannins. This could definitely use some time in the bottle - the flavors will continue to develop beautifully as it settles and matures - but it's singing already with a quick decant. If you have the patience to hold onto it for a few years, you will be handsomely rewarded. Just grab a few more bottles of it to drink while you wait.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    4/3/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    I don't think it's possible for Ridge to make a bad wine. They're one of California's most iconic and reputable wine producers, and Pagani Ranch is a fine example of their continuous consistent craft. The first moment you stick your nose in the glass, it's already very inviting, with hints of plum, blueberry, and baking spice. Just wait till you actually taste it. This is a very well structured wine, with a nice cherry, and strawberry rhubarb flavor profile, balanced by brilliant acidity, this is a wine made for a Zin lover. I can see it holding up very nicely for the next 5-10 years.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    2/5/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    An exceptional deal on an exceptional bottle of wine. Pagani Ranch is one of the most highly regarded vineyards in the state. Planted between 1890 and 1914 these centurion vines are something to behold. Now farmed by the 4th generation of the Pagani family, this legendary vineyard is planted to a mix of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Alicante Bouschet. Ridge has crafted a single vineyard wine from this hallowed site every year for for the last 30 years straight. The 2017 is absolutely singing and for me the highlight of the Zinfandel based releases from Ridge in 2017. It has all the richness and lush fruit you could want from old vine Zin but also retains freshness, purity and elegance. Dark fruits mingle with perfumed Asian spice and scorched earth tones. Super fine, satin like tannin. A simply delicious bottle of wine for right now or 10 years down the road. At this special price it's a steal.
  • John Sumners
    By: John Sumners
    1/27/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    From a legendary producer and a storied, ancient-vine vineyard comes yet another Zin that flirts with perfection. An outpouring of ripe wild berries, dried red cherry, plum galette, and exotic spices greet the nose along with additional accents of red rose, white tea, mint, tobacco, and vanilla. There's a rich generosity on the palate tempered by the hallmark Ridge precision and pinpoint focus that is a cornerstone of their winemaking style. Zin is so tricky to get just right...capturing all that ebullient fruit and spice without sacrificing balance, complexity, and finesse...yet Ridge manages to accomplish this regularly. A special producer, a special property, and a special wine.

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