Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red 2003

Red Blends from Sonoma County, California

$22.99
Item No. 83886
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Three Valleys is a Ridge proprietary name, referring to three of Sonoma County's finest appellations. Roughly half the grapes in this vintage come from four vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, forty percent from four vineyards in Alexander Valley, and the balance from two vineyards on a single site in the Russian River Valley. The wines fermented on their natural yeasts, were pressed at seven days on average, and completed a natural (uninoculated) malolactic fermentation seven weeks later. This is the one wine whose character we determine by blending from a number of sites. The grapes are handharvested, and the wine receives the same care and attention as our single-vineyard bottlings. The 2003 Three Valleys aged in air-dried american oak barrels, of which a quarter were new and one year old, the rest two to seven years old. Enjoyable now, this rich, well-structured wine will develop fully over the next four to five years.

72% zinfandel, 12% carignane, 10% petite sirah, 4% grenache, 2% mataro (mourvèdre)

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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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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