The May Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Zinfandel from Papera Ranch produced in 2013. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened this Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published shortly thereafter.
Papera Ranch is located on the eastern side of the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the Russian River AVA of Sonoma County. The vineyard is named for Charley Papera, who planted the vines in 1934. While many old vine vineyards contain plenty of mixed black varieties, most of the blocks at Papera Ranch are 95+% Zinfandel.Given its cool location, this vineyard is typically picked in late October. The fruit is used by Williams Selyem, Carlisle, Bedrock and Novy.
On another note, this is the first time Pick My Next Bottle has focused on a particular vineyard. What better place to start than the iconic Papera Ranch? On a very short list with Old Hill, Monte Rosso and Pagani for this consumers favorite Zinfandel vineyard.
- 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Zinfandel Papera Ranch – The 2013 Papera Ranch Heritage Wine is one of the richer, riper wines in this range. There is no shortage of density or pure power, but I find less of the nuance of the very best wines in the lineup. Still, readers will find an opulent, intense wine in the Papera, with both plenty of immediate appeal and the potential to improve in bottle. This block in Papera is mostly Zinfandel with a healthy complement of mixed blacks. 91 points from Vinous.
- 2013 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Papera Ranch – The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2013 Zinfandel Papera Ranch (802 cases and 15.3% alcohol) comes from a vineyard planted in 1934. This wine has a big sweet kiss of black cherries and a somewhat monolithic mouthfeel, but with coaxing starts to offer up ripe strawberry, damp earth, wild mulberry and briary mountain berry notes. The wine is chewy, with good acidity and freshness and should drink nicely for at least a decade. 93 points from the Wine Advocate.
- 2013 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – Continuing to preserve this historic vineyard, a rare planting of the variety within the appellation, this is an elegant yet explosive bottling. Blackberry and stone fruit tones are framed by soft, gentle tannins, prinkled liberally with cardamom. A floral aroma permeates gently refreshing acidity and a finish of dark chocolate. 94 points from the Wine Enthusiast.
Which 2013 Zinfandel From Papera Ranch Should I Open?
- 2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch (43%, 12 Votes)
- 2013 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch (36%, 10 Votes)
- 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Zinfandel Papera Ranch (21%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 28
Thanks for voting! I’d love to see a comment below on why you picked one bottle over another. Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for the June installment of Pick My Next Bottle.