2016 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

Year: 2016
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 94
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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88% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet

"Brooding and dense in structure, offering appealing if eccentric black plum, smoky licorice and spice box flavors that finish with lively tannins. Best after 2019. 3,250 cases made. -T.F." (WS)

"The 2016 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is excellent, offering up a lavish bouquet of ripe cherries, raspberries and sweet spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with an ample core of succulent, mouthwatering fruit structured around fine-grained, youthfully chewy tannins. Rich and concentrated, it's balanced by mouthwatering acids. It should be well worth following for the next 10-15 years.

This was a great set of recent releases from Ridge, with the superb 2016 Geyserville standing out as a particular highlight. I've also included a few notes on barrel samples tasted at the Monte Bello winery. For my notes on the winery's flagship Bordeaux blend, Monte Bello, readers are directed to my extensive feature on that wine, also published in this issue. Ridge boasts as illustrious a history as any winery in California, but they certainly aren't resting on their laurels. Indeed, a persuasive case could be made that Ridge is currently producing the best wines they've ever made." (WA)

"The 2016 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is bright, focused and beautifully perfumed. Bright red cherry, blood orange, pomegranate, mint and rose petal notes are all lifted in this exquisite, finessed Zinfandel. Silky, medium in body and gracious, the 2016 is absolutely sublime. The oak is just a bit pronounced at this stage, but that should not be an issue over time." (VM)

"There is no shortage of "there" here, but it is presented in a balanced, polished and very deeply fruited package that shows the winery's unrivalled ability to get the most out of Zinfandel while still staying entirely within fairly classic varietal boundaries. The wine's clear focus on black berries with hints of red and its soft, rich woody trim are backed by early suppleness on entry and underlying tannins that bring both backbone and aging potential to the wine. It is so well made that it could drink perfectly now with roasted lamb dishes while also promising a more sophisticated side if allowed to rest in the cellar for some three to five years. Reviewed: January 2019" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Black cherry, pepper and chaparral on the nose. Briary red fruit, well defined, chalky tannins and refreshing acidity on the palate. Long sensuous finish. JO (7/18)