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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2007
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2007
(search item no. 96786)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dry, short winter brought early bud break, and bloom by late March; our Sonoma vineyards ripened by September. Each parcel fermented on its natural yeasts. Color and tannin extracted easily, and we pressed, on average, after seven days. The style and character of the Three Valleys are determined by the lots we choose for their fruit, color, and/or structure. When malolactic finished, we assembled these lots from the ten individual vineyards that make up the 2007. In barrel, the wine clarified naturally, and tannins resolved in time for an August bottling. Rich fruit and exotic spice give immediate appeal. This excellent wine will be at its best over the next five to six years.

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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.