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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2008
Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2008
(search item no. 102590)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A second year of below-average rainfall made for a challenging growing season. A small crop was set in March, and ripened in time for a September harvest. The dry conditions resulted in smaller-than-normal berry size, which accentuated flavor. Natural yeasts carried out primary fermentation, and eight days of skin contact extracted elegant structure. Uninoculated secondary fermentation was complete in record time, allowing early assemblage. We chose the most accessible lots from six vineyards for this wine. Once blended and racked to barrel, clarity was achieved by racking off the sediment every two months. Integrated oak and appealing ripe fruit make this Three Valleys enjoyable now: it will be at its best over the next five 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.