If you know anything about Zinfandel, then you must know something about Ridge Vineyards. Ridge may be most revered for their Bordeaux blend, Monte Bello. However, it’s their stunning selection of single vineyard Zinfandels that stole my heart.
This wine screamed for a steak and I was happy to oblige with one of my favorite cuts off the grill. Grilled Porterhouse Steak with Paprika-Parmesan Butter would do the trick. There’s nothing quite like a Porterhouse steak off the grill and the Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel has all the muscle and intensity to be a perfect contrast.
2009 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch – The nose was massive, as aromas of wild berries, dry cocoa, vanilla, ginger spice and savory notes filled the senses. On the palate, it was medium- to full-bodied with amazing focus to its intense red berry fruit and spice. The masses of fruit slowly gave way to show this wine’s structure and balance. The finish was long and clinging to the palate, yet ultimately refreshing as the tannins faded away. 93 points