2015 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Pagani Ranch
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $32.94 (reg. $39.94)
While a handful of fabulous wineries make wine from this heralded century-old vineyard, Ridge’s association with the site is unmatched, and since 1991, their Pagani Ranch has been one of California’s most shamelessly decadent Zinfandel blends. The 2015 shows the resilience and power that comes with ultra-old-vine plantings - while 3+ years of drought-stressed vines with shallow roots, Pagani dug deep and the result is an outrageously dense and voluptuous 94pt red that “exudes concentration in all of its dimensions” (Galloni). For the lowest price in the country, this is a standout vintage for Ridge’s Pagani Zin.
If it were not for the fact that Ridge made one of the greatest Cabernet blends in California at Monte Bello, their groundbreaking Zinfandel lineup would be enough to make them an icon. Along with Joel Peterson at Ravenswood, Paul Draper was a pioneer for creating serious Zinfandel from these so-called heritage vineyards, many of which were planted in the 1800s. According to Antonio Galloni, “If a formal Bordeaux-like classification existed for US wineries, Ridge would be at the top of the list.”
Many of you are no doubt familiar with Pagani Ranch, as it is a perennial crowd favorite. At this price, we highly recommend grabbing a case of the superlative 2015 to enjoy today and over the next ten years. Cheers!