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The Week in Zinfandel (4/17/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (4/10/17)

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2013 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Pagani Ranch – Bottle Notes

Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962. Ridge makes Cabernet, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Rhone style wines.

When I first became interested in Zinfandel the buzz was always around the Three R’s of Zinfandel: Ravenswood, Rosenblum and Ridge. 25 years later Ridge is still at the top of its game, turning out single vineyard Zinfandel from some of California’s most precious vineyards.

Pagani Ranch is just off Highway 12 in the Glen Ellen area of Sonoma County. Angela and Felice Pagani came to Sonoma County from Italy, purchased the property and planted the vineyard in the early 1900’s. The fruit goes to Ridge, Bedrock, Seghesio, Biale and Carlisle.

Magenta in color. 14.8% ABV. 83% Zinfandel, 16% Alicante Bouchet and 1% Petite Sirah. Sublime nose blue fruits, white pepper and and anise. Full bodied with medium acidity. Sweet, jammy and unctuous. Boysenberry, blueberry liqueur and milk chocolate on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. This wine has a hint of residual sugar making for a delicious, hedonistic Zinfandel. I suspect this wine will age well. Drink over the next 6-8 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2014 Ridge Pagani is on the shelves and is a bargain at about $32 per bottle.

I wrote about Pagani Ranch previously in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch

The 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch was the winning bottle in the February Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was not decanted and was enjoyed over several hours.

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Pagani Ranch is just off Highway 12 in the Glen Ellen area of Sonoma County. Angela and Felice Pagani came to Sonoma County from Italy, purchased the property and planted the vineyard in the early 1900’s. The fruit goes to Ridge, Bedrock, Seghesio, Biale and Carlisle.

Pretty nose of red and black fruits, flowers and pepper. Medium body with perfect acidity. Fresh and lush with layers upon layers of fruit. Raspberry, boysenberry, salmonberry and pepper on the palate. A big, structured Zin. The finish is long and plush with subtle but gritty tannins. This wine embodies Pagani Ranch. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The mailing at Bedrock is highly recommended. Exceptional wines, fair prices and great customer service. Put your name on the waiting list.

I blogged about Bedrock recently in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings. I blogged about Pagani Ranch in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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The Week in Zinfandel (2/6/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (1/16/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (1/2/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/31/16)

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2012 Ridge Lytton Springs – Bottle Notes

The 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs was the winning bottle in the October Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. This bottle was decanted for one hour and served with steaks.

Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962. Paul Draper recently retired and John Olney is making the wines at Lytton Springs. Ridge makes Cabernet, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Rhone style wines.

When I first became interested in Zinfandel the buzz was always around the Three R’s of Zinfandel: Ravenswood, Rosenblum and Ridge. 25 years later Ridge is still at the top of its game, turning out single vineyard Zinfandel from some of California’s most precious vineyards.

Lytton Springs Vineyard dates back to the early 1900’s and is located in the Dry Creek Valley. The ’12 Lytton Springs in a blend of 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane and 3% Mataro.

Dark crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Pretty nose of brambly red fruits, licorice, vanilla beans and pepper. Medium body with ample acidity. Rich, elegant, Claret style Zinfandel. Bright, fresh and balanced. Raspberry, blackberry, earth and minerals on the palate. The finish is gorgeous and bodes well for the future. Such a unique expression of Zinfandel. Drink over the next 5-7 years.

My rating:  93 points.

Current vintages of the Ridge Lytton Springs including the 2013 and 2014 can be found at retail and will cost right around $35. This is a wine that I buy year in and year out.

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The Week in Zinfandel (6/27/16)

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