Ridge Pagani Ranch 2009 Zinfandel, $30.59-$35.99, 93 points, is another fine Zinfandel wine by the winery that excels with this varietal, so much so that Ridge is saying that this wine will develop for fifteen years, and I believe them. In case you've noticed that this wine is 80% Zinfandel and you are not familiar with the 14% Alicante_Bouschet and if you care about that stuff, the link provided is quite interesting.
The 2009 Pagani Ranch begins with a deep ruby color with flashes of violet, the aroma is again a wonderfully weaved intricate blend of sweet cooking spice, cedar, blueberry, and some floral character, the mouth feel is rich and smooth, medium-bodied plus, with a bit more acidity and a firmer tannic presence than has been tasted recently. Flavors are layered and harmonious with plum, blueberry, and a smoky cherry, but having an unusual hint of tangerine late palate (That's a first for me with a red wine), and the finish is a whole component, it is very long, spring-boarding from the tangerine morphing into their traditional black and white pepper with hints of cayenne.
Though the price on sale was still a bit steep (A Cabernet this good could cost you as much as a $100.00), for Zinfandel lovers, this is the one, no, two or more to get, and whether you'll say "cheers" or "raise a class" or whatever, you'll thank me for steering your behind toward this gem.
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