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Sonoma County Zinfandel

 

Planted originally in the 1880s then added to in the 1920s by Felice Pagani, most of the original vines still produce beautiful fruit. Much of it is field-blended: Zinfandel, Alicante, Lenoir, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir and numerous others—like a big old vine salad of many heritage varieties, if you will. The 2018 has a beautiful dark color with aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, dark chocolate, fig, caramel, prosciutto, and toasted vanilla oak. Black, red and blue fruits on the palate. An integrated package of fat tannins and pleasing taut acidity. This is a big structured Zinfandel to watch develop over months and years to come. Only 310 cases produced. 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: October 18, 2018

Alcohol: 14.9%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hang time and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability: This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 5-7 years.

2018 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel (14.9% Alc)