2011 Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage Red Blend$39.95 -- 2011 Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage Red Blend
As Sonoma Valley doglegs gently towards the west above Glen Ellen a number of geological and climatic shifts occur. Rather than the ferrous, volcanic soils that have tumbled down the steep aspects of Mount Veeder and the Mayacamas Mountains to the East, the soils in some parts see an interloping of ash and clay from Sonoma Mountain to the West. Also, the fog comes in later and leaves earlier, resulting in colder night and warmer days. As a result the fruit tone of Pagani Ranch is always dramatically different from its Sonoma Valley brethren in the Bedrock Wine Co. quiver. Whereas Bedrock, and Monte Rosso tend to be dominated by high-pitched red fruit and bright spice, Pagani is dark and brooding. If the former two are Dmitri and Alexie, Pagani is Ivan Karamazov. Like the Monte Rosso this will need a few years to flesh out but might be the most promising Heritage wine in the 2011 canon.
“The 2011 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine is huge. Black fruit, tar, smoke, licorice and asphalt burst from this deep, muscular, Zinfandel-based wine. Imposing and intense, the Pagani boasts stunning depth and richness for the year. This is a serious red that will require considerable patience. Seemingly endless layers of fruit open up over time, followed by suggestions of violets, cloves and mint that add complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2031.” – 93 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Inky ruby. Floral and spice-accented aromas of cherry, blackberry and violet, plus a hint of cracked pepper. Chewy black and blue fruit flavors show impressive depth and are enlivened by juicy acidity and a spicy nuance. The bright, gently tannic finish features blackcurrant and cherry preserve flavors, with a late jolt of allspice adding an exotic flourish.” – 92 Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
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