Bedrock Pagani Ranch Red Blend Wine
At early glance, this looks to be the finest Pagani Ranch to date.
The sheer density and broadness of the wine, which enjoyed a particularly hefty level of mixed blacks due to the fruitfulness of the Alicante, Lenoir, Petite Sirah, and Grand Noir, required that it be held in barrel for several extra months, and the resulting wine is an age-worthy beauty, though those who like more muscular efforts will be fine opening this in a couple years.
With it’s oldest vines dating to the 1880’s, Pagani Ranch is one of the most historically and qualitatively gilded vineyards in the Golden State. Starting with 2010 it is the honor of Bedrock Wine Co. to receive some of these ancient, scant-yielding, mixed black vines. Farmed by the same family for generations, the vineyard lies on two different soil types. The first, which has more of the Sonoma Mountain ashen-grey to its hue, is where the ancient, mixed-black, vines grow. The Tuscan Red Hill series soils are deeper, and abut Highway 12 as it lolls forth between Glen Ellen and Kenwood. The vines here, planted in the 1920’s, include Alicante Bouschet, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, and Muscadelle, some of which find their way into the Pagani Ranch Heirloom Wine and the Cuvee Caritas white wine. Certainly one of the most photographed and storied vineyards in Sonoma Valley, this nearly completes the rostrum of ancient-vine plenitude Bedrock Wine Co. is lucky enough to receive from Sonoma Valley.