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Community Tasting Notes (47) Avg Score: 90.3 points

  • Deep ruby. Black cherries; blackberries; and spicy, woody, forestal notes on the nose. Big, rich, mouth coating, with dark, ripe fruit and noticeable oak notes of vanilla, spice. Medium acidity, medium-low tannin, good length. Not a shy zin, flirting with being too big and ripe, but somehow holding the line well. Very good.

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  • Dark red color. Deeply fruited nose, of raspberry, cherry, black pepper, both weedy and having a touch of wood spice. On arrival, medium-low tannin and medium acidity - vivacious stuff. In the mouth, it's ripe not overripe fruit, and what a blast that is. Huge black pepper, some vanilla and chocolate, and a real zing of acidity in the finish. This is about as good as zinfandel gets. Bottle #6 of six.

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  • Dark red and violet color. Huge nose of ripe raspberries and red cherries, black pepper, vanilla, earthy and brushy notes, fresh sawn wood. Wow, rare to perceive the wood in this bottleing; adds complexity, force. On arrival, medium tannin and medium acidity. Flavors are immediate and forceful: deep fruit, black pepper, vanilla and chocolate. Spectacularly long finish, well-fruited and spicy. Bottle #5 of six.

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  • Pulled straight from our very cold cellar. Cold, it was quite primary with a bit of VA, a bit of vanilla and a slight lactic note. As it warmed, the plummy fruit came to the fore. There was a good spine of acidity that kept the wine seeming fresh, even at 14.3% ABV. Still young, it has years yet ahead of it.

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  • Dark red-violet color. Aroma of black and red raspberry, vanilla, brushy California hillside growth, black pepper, then more vanilla and sawdust. On entry, medium tannin and balanced acidity; smooth texture for old vine but young zinfandel wine. Flavor is Zin-berry (Doug Nalle's term) brambly cherry-berry fruit, with vaniall and black pepper. Heads towards the richness of a framboise. Luscious finish, this stuff is ready to drink and by no means in danger of falling apart for at least another couple years. Bottle #4 of six.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/20/2012, (See more on 92 points

    (Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch) Dark red violet color; appealing, ripe cherry, ripe raspberry, vanilla oak nose; tasty poised, ripe berry, baked berry, black cherry palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points (with 5% Alicante Bouschet and 3% Petite Sirah)

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