1997 Ridge Vineyards Alicante Bouschet Pagani
Sonoma Valley, California
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $18.00 (ATP members)
Type: Alicante Bouschet
Principal varietal(s): 75% Alicante, 25% Zinfandel

Deep purple color, forward nose and flavors like cassis or cherry liqueur. Good wine, but in the end a bit ponderous and one-dimensional. Alicante by its nature is heavy-bodied, and this one struck us as a little out of balance on that side compared to a comparably priced Zin. Requires heavy-duty food, e.g. pizza or barebecue. - WB Team 2000-07-04


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