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

SKU #1435381 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 84% Zinfandel with the balance Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet, and Mataró, the 2017 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch reveals a translucent ruby/purple color as well as a beautifully complex bouquet of sandalwood, spice box, new leather, charred earth, and mulled plums and blueberries. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and textured, with sweet tannins, this beautiful Zinfandel knocks it out of the park in this difficult vintage.  (11/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium ruby colored 2017 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch offers lovely layers of tricolored berry preserves and stone fruit cobbler with baker's chocolate, dusty earth, garrigue, iron, fried herbs, charcuterie and an exotic spice undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, it floods the mouth with floral-tinged fruits framed firmly with grainy tannins and lifted by juicy freshness, finishing very long and layered. (EB)  (2/2020)

94 points Vinous

 The 2017 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is fabulous. A dark, exotic beauty, the Pagani possesses off the charts flavor intensity and depth, with striking perfume, voluptuous fruit and magnificent balance. Inky red/purplish berries, lavender and spice are all amped up in this racy, extroverted Zinfandel from one of the most historic sites in Sonoma Valley. (AG)  (10/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 This mid-weight blend of 84% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 7% Alicante Bouschet and 2% Mataro has a brambly, dark-berry nose with some purple flowers in the mix. The sleek palate has such freshness and the tannins are striking for their polish and finesse. Drink or hold.  (9/2019)

K&L Notes

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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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2020 | Send Email
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.

By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2020 | Send Email
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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