Since 1991, Ridge has made zinfandel from the old Pagani vineyard on the east-facing side of Sonoma Valley.
Almost all the vines here were planted more than a hundred years ago.
Pagani Ranch is a fine example of what we look for in a vineyard:
low-yielding old vines, carefully tended by a quality-conscious family who, in this case, have worked the land for four generations.
The vineyard's long survival is proof of its merit.
An average site would have been abandoned during the thirteen years of Prohibition, or during the Depression.
Harvest Dates: 3 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.9 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary. Pressed at six days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (25% one year, 55% two and three years
old, 20% four years old).
Aging: Thirteen months in barrel
Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Wet spring and atypically cool summer, with no sustained heat spells.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Rich boysenberry and rhubarb aromas together with barrel spice, licorice and fresh mint. On the palate is ripe plum fruit, juicy acid,
sensuous tannins, and a long finish.