96% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah,
1% Alicante Bouschet, 1% Mataro (Mourvedre)
In 2005, a cold, wet
spring delayed the start of the growing season, as well as
harvest, by two weeks. Fortunately, unusually warm
weather in early October ripened the fruit, and we picked
on November 1. Each parcel fermented on its own yeasts in
a separate small tank. Color and tannin developed rapidly;
we pressed in six days to avoid over-extraction. The natural
malolactic finished in record time, allowing us to combine
the best lots and rack them to air-dried American Oak
barrels for aging.
The 2005 Pagani is lush, sensual, and
elegant. It will develop further over the next five or six years.
"There have been a number of noteworthy Zinfandel bottlings from this outstanding Sonoma site, but, other than those from the hand of Paul Draper, we can recall few that have shown the degree of depth and sheer fruity precision of this lively young wine. Its concentration and richness come without worrisome heat, and, while never less than fully ripe, it remains balanced and remarkably light on its feet. It has the feel of a wine that is destined for better with time, and, however delicious it is at the present time, it should continue to unfold and evolve for a good many years."