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: 10 - 12 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.1 degrees
Fermentation: Full crush, floating cap. Pressed at eight days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (25% one year, 57% two and three years
old, 18% four years old).
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel
Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Weather: Warm spring and long, mild summer.
Hand harvested Pagani Ranch grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native
yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; 0.36 grams/liter
calcium carbonate added to 7 of 8 fermentors during fermentation to moderate excessive
natural acidity; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (28 ppm at crush, 119 ppm
over the course of aging); oak from barrel aging; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with
our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Deep garnet color; ripe stone fruit aroma, with tart strawberry and oak spice; medium full entry, sweet-tart cherry fruit, multi-layered,
mineral, earthy, coated tannins, firm acid, moderately long finish.