In 1883, Felice Pagani left his home town of Fenegro, Italy just south of Lake Como, for America. Just two years later, he found himself hard at work, helping farm both Monte Rosso Vineyard, high up above the eastern side of Sonoma Valley, and Judge Cook Vineyard down on the valley floor to the north. Saving everything he could, Felice was soon able to purchase 25 acres of the Judge Cook Vineyard and 16 years later, another 30 acre parcel adjoining his vineyard.
Today, the ranch is run by Felice's granddaughter, Norma Pagani Amantite, and her son Dino. There are two very distinct soil types on this ranch. The original 25 acre portion with the oldest vines is mostly Haire Clay Loam, This section is heavy on Zinfandel (along with the usual mixed black varieties) and is the source of the bulk of our fruit. The 30 acre parcel, just to the east is the Red Hill Clay Loam soil series. Planted in the early 1920s, this is where the bulk of the Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, and Muscadelle can be found.
Outside of the "banana belt" of Sonoma Valley, this is a relatively cool growing site, resulting in wines of great acidity and structure.