Ridge Pagani Ranch 2013 Zinfandel, $31.44-$36.99, 92 points, appeared an opaque red grading bright purple/red toward the broad clear wine ring and leggy glass wall.
Though the aromas of chocolate, cedar, and blackberry were unusually (for a Ridge wine) shy, they were still quite good.
The body was slightly heavier than medium, the acidity was good, and the building tannins were comfortable.
Flavors of plum, ripe blackberries, anise, and oak trailed into the long finish of eucalyptus, white pepper, and a warm 14.8% alcohol with a hint of citrusy mandarin orange peel.
Though hand harvesting is more expensive, I believe the quality is demonstrable.
Ridge, why it's a "go to" winery.
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