Funky and spicy; clearly shows the influence of the old field blend of the Pagani Ranch. Earthy berry and cranberry notes show higher acidity than Ridge’s or St. Francis’s Pagani bottlings. A bit lean and tannic, which seem to be common elements with other Topolos Zins.
Some folks claim this is the same grape as Piedmont’s Dolcetto, others that it is an obscure French grape. Whatever it is, it’s hard not to like this example. It shows plenty of bright red fruit on the nose, is soft, low acid and low in tannins, making it very gulpable. Drink soon for its effusive fruit.
This vineyard, planted in 1910, has yielded a moderately concentrated wine full of cranberry and earth flavors. Has crisp acidity in keeping with the Topolos house style, yet tastes fuller than their other bottlings.
Quite a bit of wet autumn in the nose as well as some chocolate and toasted marshmallow. Fairly closed, acidic and one-dimensional. Rough going down because of the amped-up acidity. Some raspberry fruit, but overall not terribly pleasing.
Some lactic/cheesy aromas mar the nose of this blend of botrytized Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The ripe-cheese notes persist on the palate and into the finish. Odd on its own, it might show better paired with roquefort, à la Sauternes.