1996 Ridge Vineyards Alicante Bouschet Pagani
Sonoma Valley, California
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.7%
Price at time of purchase: $18.00 (Ridge ATP)
Type: Alicante Bouschet
Principal varietal(s): 75% Alicante, 25% Zin

This Alicante was diluted (!) by the addition of Pagani Zinfandel. If only all wines were so lucky! Good wine, with a sense of liveliness lacking in most Alicantes. Strong black raspberry component when first opened, but evolved into a more "standard" Alicante -- a bit acidic and chunky and with a licorice-like fruit, lacking the roundness and finesse of the better Ridge Zins. But on an absolute scale, a pleasant, full-bodied, and interesting wine. - WB Team 2000-11-13


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