80% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 5% Grenache
"Three Valleys" is the proprietary name for the
only Ridge wine blended from multiple vineyard sites. They select softer, more accessible lots
from their single vineyards and, taking the role of
winemaker literally, create a character they find
Younger vines from Lytton
Estate provided most of the fruit; older vines on
five small Alexander Valley vineyards and one
Russian River vineyard make up the rest. The
grapes fermented on their own yeasts in
small-capacity tanks. Pressed, on average, by
the seventh day, they completed a natural
malolactic fermentation. The wine was then
racked to american oak barrels, whose staves
had been air (not kiln) dried for twenty-four
Ridge blind-tasted all the lots in spring,
creating this elegant blend. Their sixth vintage of
Three Valleys contains the highest percentage
of Zinfandel to date. Sensuous structure and
rich fruit give the wine immediate appeal; it will
be most enjoyable over the next five years.
My experience with this wine was pleasant from the moment the cork was pulled from the bottle to long after the last swallow was swallowed. Very well balanced but not so smooth that it lacks a distinct character.
Had this with a wonderful dinner near Woodstock, and was happy to find it here at Wine.com. Excellent meritage.