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2007 Ridge Vineyards, Zinfandel, Pagani Ranch

It is always great fun to drink a wine from Ridge.  They have been producing wine from Pagani Ranch since 1991.  The Pagani Ranch vineyard is composed of 30 acres of vines planted between 1896 and 1922.  It is mostly Zinfandel but Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet are interspersed.  The vineyard is located on the east-facing side of Sonoma Valley at an altitude of 100-150 feet on soils of gravelly clay loam.  Additional information may be found at the Historic Vineyard Society website.  For pictures of the vineyard I highly recommend that you view the Ridge Pagani Ranch photo gallery.  I bought this bottle for $24 from MacArthurs.  I was initially underwhelmed by this bottle and thought that the value price was still a bit too much for the wine.  But over the hours it grew on me.  The flavor profile is definitely differently with the ripe, sweet, orange aspect.  I suspect this wine needs more age before fully expressing itself.  I would be curious to hear from any Pagani Ranch fans.

2007 Ridge Vineyards, Zinfandel, Pagani Ranch, Sonoma County
This wine is a blend of 92% Zinfandel, 5% Alicante Bouschet, and 3% Petit Sirah that was fermented with natural yeasts.  It was aged for 15 months in 86% used and 14% new American oak barrels.  My daughter found “strawberry and orange” on the nose.  This was an interesting wine with a medium strength nose of meats and fruit.  In the mouth the red fruit was somewhat concentrated with a little floral quality.  Then there was a sweet pop of flavor as earth notes and orange flavors came out. **(*) Now-2015.

  1. December 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Love me some Ridge.
    I did a blogger tasting with them yesterday, and blogged about it here…

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