It’s that time of the year when people usually reflect on all of the good fortunes experienced throughout the last twelve months. One of those good fortunes for us was enjoying Ridge Vineyards’ 2017 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel, which is Wine Destinations 2022 Wine of the Year.
Ridge Vineyards, with tasting rooms in Healdsburg and Cupertino, California, has focused on producing single-vineyard wines since 1962. In 1991 they launched their Pagani Ranch bottling and ever since have produced a wine from this site. The Pagani Ranch vineyard, which is one of the first Zinfandel vineyards that we fell in love with, is located in Sonoma Valley and today it is ran by the fourth generation of the Pagani family. The vineyard, planted in the late 1890’s by the Ranch founder, Felice Pagani, is known for its picturesque gnarly vines, most of them over 100 years old.
The 2017 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel by Ridge Vineyards showcases bright fruit and great acidity. It is fresh and balanced. It’s one that Pinot Noir lovers who are looking for something different will want to check out. We paired it with bean soup, king crab Mac & Cheese, mash potatoes and a filet. Showcasing it’s versatility it paired beautifully with all of the dishes.
If Zinfandel is your jam, you need to track this one down. But if it is not, we encourage you to give this one a try, it might convert you into a Zin lover.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!