Monthly Spotlight

Each month we spotlight one of our small-production, single-vineyard wines with a deep dive into the vineyard location, property history, wine style and pairing preferences. This month, our monthly spotlight is…

2020 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

10% off 1-11 bottle purchases, 15% off 12+.  Members receive 15% off 1-11 bottle purchases, 20% off 12+.

TASTING NOTE

Rich plum and pipe tobacco on the nose. Full-bodied on the palate with boysenberry, ripe black cherry and pepper. Well-balanced with lively acidity and a long, layered finish. MB (7/22)

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VINEYARD LOCATION

Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County

Pagani Ranch Vineyard Map

HISTORY

Since 1991, Ridge has made zinfandel from the Pagani Vineyard on the western side of Sonoma Valley. The majority of the vineyard was planted ninety to one hundred twenty years ago; portions of it were replanted between 2013—2018. The vineyard is meticulously tended by a quality-conscious family who has worked the land for four generations. An average site would have been abandoned during the thirteen years of Prohibition, or during the Depression. Its long survival is proof of its merit.

PAIRINGS

Blackberry Braised Beef Short Ribs

This hearty recipe produces savory, fall-off-the-bone short ribs with a touch of blackberry sweetness pairing perfectly with the bramble notes of our Pagani Ranch Zinfandel.

RECENT PRESS

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media – 93 Points

“The 2020 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is a terrific wine for the year. Dark red cherry, plum, cedar, tobacco, licorice and dried fruits all run through this fleshy, racy zinfandel from one of Sonoma’s very finest sites. Plush and yet not quite as ample as Pagani Zinfandels can be, the 2020 is an exceptional effort for the vintage. All the elements are so well balanced.” –Antonio Galloni (October 2022)

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