Deep strawberry-red color; full, viscous, with rich, sweet boysenberry fruit; earth, leather notes; structured for a Pagani, with firm acid and chalky tannins; tea and tobacco leaf; black confiture; excellent long sweet/sour balance on finish; great peppercorn and truffle oil nose; shows exotic Pagani terroir; not as ripe as usual, but still shows classic boysenberry, blackberry, and peppery old-vine Zin character; some austerity with tannins.
"So what's new? Once again, winemaker Paul Draper has produced five beautifully made, rich, distinctive Zinfandels.
The outstanding 1994 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (75% Zinfandel, 18% Mataro, 4% Alicante, 3% Petite Sirah) is the most forceful Ridge Zinfandel as it achieved 14.7% natural alcohol. It is a rich, dense, full-bodied, sweet (from grape maturity, not sugar), jammy Zinfandel with gobs of ostentatiously-styled, in-your-face characteristics. This bold, flashy wine is sure to win many a blind tasting. I believe Paul Draper's decision to add a healthy dose of Mataro has given this wine more delineation and structure than it has possessed in past vintages. "
The Wine Advocate
"Firm and intense, with a tight core of leathery currant, herb and cedary oak flavors that open up to reveal more depth and richness just before the tannins kick in."
Earth & Spicy
My favorite from this winemaker. Carmelized red fruit, rich as a mixed berry pie, festive and delicious! Earthy and dark molasses finish. We splurged last year and bought a few bottles for Christmas, and it perfectly accentuated the celebratory mood of our first year as a married couple. Hints of smoke add mystery to the bouquet.