Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media. 93pts
"Bright purple. Highly perfumed, spice-accented dark berry and incense aromas show impressive clarity and energy. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant blackberry preserve and cherry-vanilla flavors and notes of candied flowers and allspice. Finishes with alluring sweetness and excellent length, leaving smoke and floral notes behind. These vines were reportedly planted in 1934"
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media. 92pts
"The 2011 Zinfandel Papera Ranch fills out its broad shoulders beautifully. This is one of the more virile wines in the range. Dark red fruit, licorice, smoke, tobacco and incense are woven together nicely. The style is all about volume and breadth. The 2011 seems to have put on weight over the last year. Today, it is gorgeous. The blend is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignane, which seems to give the aromatics that make the wine so delicious"