A top blend from one of the best winerys in California for single vineyard Zinfandels. The blend for this vintage is 65% Zinfandel, 26% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, 4% Alicante Bouschet. Aged for 12 months in 100% air-dried American oak barrels (10% new, 50% four years old, and 40% five+ years old).
Nose of toasty oak, strawberry jam, mixed berry pie, black tea and baking spice. Layered black and blue fruit on the palate with milk chocolate, cherry, garrigue and textured tannins on the finish.
Since its inception, Ridge has focused on single vineyard wines. Three Valleys is our winemakers wine, made by carefully combining parcels from a number of different vineyards. After aging for twelve months in barrel, the tannins have softened and brought out the fruit. Enjoyable now, this excellent wine will continue to develop over the next five years.
The history of the Ridge Three Valleys began with the release of the 2001. The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards—this year, ten. We take great care in selecting the fruit, which is hand-harvested then crushed and fermented on its native yeast and naturally occurring malolactic bacteria at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs wineries. Unlike our single-vineyard wines, which reflect the distinctive character of each site, Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards—winemaking at its finest. Zinfandel determines the wine’s varietal character; old-vine carignane contributes bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah spice, depth of color, and firm tannins.
In 1962, Ridge made its first Monte Bello, and two years later its first zinfandel. Since that time, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare and exceptional vineyards where climate, soil, and variety are ideally matched.