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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2004
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2004
(search item no. 86964)
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Three Valleys" is the Ridge proprietary name for its only wine blended from multiple vineyard sites. To make it, we select softer, more accessible lots from our single vineyards, combining them to create the character we think will be most appealing. Younger vines on the Lytton Springs Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley provided roughly half the fruit; a third came from Geyserville, Mazzoni, and Stone Ranch Vineyards in Alexander Valley; the balance is from Pagani Ranch in the cool Sonoma Valley. The wines fermented on their natural yeasts, were pressed, on average, after eight days, and finished a natural (uninoculated) malolactic within four weeks. Enjoyable now, this spicy, beautifully-defined zinfandel blend will develop fully over the next four or five years.

68% zinfandel, 11% carignane, 10% syrah, 7% petite sirah, 4% grenache

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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.