Ridge Pagani Ranch 2012 Zinfandel, $33.29-$36.99, 92 points, poured a deep purple red with a transparent rim-ring and a fair amount of draping.
The very interesting aromas of blackberry, chocolate, fresh-washed linen, cedar, and the barest hint of Patchouli was wonderful (Ridge wines always seem to have these alluring smells).
Medium-plus body had very bright acids and accelerating fine tannins with flavors of wild berries, mint, eucalyptus, and licorice which were wonderful too.
Finished fair with tart pomegranate, spice, and a hint of the 14.1% alcohol.
Not as round or as elegant a wine as the Ridge Lytton Springs 2012 Red Wine, rather more unabashedly primitive, edgy, and undomesticated, but not cranky.
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