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Ridge Sonoma Three Valleys 2011
"Ridge hews to a leaner, lower alcohol style than most California wineries these days, resulting in wines that aren’t blockbusters, but are complex and food-friendly. This bottling defines such a style. It’s dry and lithe in the mouth yet gently tannic, with suggestions of berry jam, bacon, grilled mushrooms and hints of balsamic and soy sauce...91" WE Editors Choice 8/13
Raspberry and cherry on the nose with a color of ruby red. On the palate I picked up cherry, some berry and dark plum. Comming through those flavors was some pepper, a spicy note along with cedar. Tannins kicked in and were mild. It ended with a medium finish. I like this wine but it was not as good as the one I had about a year ago. Back then the tannins were more dominate.
This wine has a great fruit forward style and lots of zest if anything it is a little hot.
tar on the nose, with good spices. Good finish on the palate with good flavor.
Sandlewood and tar, allspice on the nose, probably my favorite part of this wine (right now). I think the 2007 is still too young, took a while to open up, 1.5 hours or so, at which point it showed some nice black cherry notes with good structure and acidity. i think this will get better if you hold a bottle, but at this price, to drink right now, give me the Seghesio or the Klinker Brick for bargain Zins to drink now.
This is a go-to everyday wine for me. Solid but not too powerful. Consistent vintage to vintage.
Excellent spice and deep flavour. A winner at an excellent price
Maybe a little young still, but drinking well. Another favorite of mine - for $20, this wine cannot be beat. Very nice, rich, spicy flavors of blueberries, cinnamon and blackberry. Paired excellently with grilled steak.
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Ridge Vineyards is an historic winery located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Known for their Monte Bello Cabernet which placed 5th in the famous Judgment in Paris tasting, they’re celebrated for their incredible Zinfandels which are sourced from many single vineyard locations around California. Proprietor and Winemaker Paul Draper focuses on expressing the individual terroir for these wines, but with so many fans out there of Ridge Zin, Draper realized that he needed a wine that was more available both in quantity and price. This Sonoma County Three Valleys is that wine. First released in 2001, the wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards . This vintage it’s seven; three vineyards in Dry Creek, three in Alexander, and one in Russian River Valley, many of them old vine plots up to 100 years. The blend is 65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouchet and 1% Grenache, aged 12 months in air-dried American oak barrels. It comes out at a beautifully balance 13.8% alcohol with ripe zesty flavors. Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently made it an Editors Choice scoring it 91 points and saying "Ridge hews to a leaner, lower alcohol style than most California wineries these days, resulting in wines that aren’t blockbusters, but are complex and food-friendly. This bottling defines such a style. It’s dry and lithe in the mouth yet gently tannic, with suggestions of berry jam, bacon, grilled mushrooms and hints of balsamic and soy sauce." Don’t miss this mouthfilling, affordable Ridge Zin! Read the full Ridge 2011 Three Valleys Zinfandel Blend, Sonoma County review in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Buying Guide
Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards at it's finest. Zinfandel determines the wine's varietal character; old-vine carignane contributes bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah spice, depth of color, and grenache brings briary fruit.
Zinfandel fruit determines the wine's varietal character; old-vine carignane contributes its own bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah adds peppery spice, depth of color, and firm tannins. Mataro imparts a round, soft texture, and further complexity. old), this full, well-balanced zinfandel is enjoyable now. Its rich fruit will show to best advantage over the next four or five years.
Zesty and appealingly eccentric, with wild berry and exotic Asian spice aromas and layered baked cherry, anise and walnut flavors. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Carignane. Drink now through 2013.
Ridge's Three Valleys bottling is a field blend, consisting mainly of Zinfandel. It's a hearty, full-bodied red wine, dense with black fruit and chocolatey tannins.
2007 Sonoma County Three ValleysORGANIC76% ZINFANDEL, 8% PETITE SIRAH, 7% SYRAH, 6% GRENACHE,3% CARIGNANE
Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 93One of the friendliest Ridge zins we've tasted in a long time, this is exuberant and focused on fresh black cherry flavors. It has a cool, foresty feel to balance the tannins and their lasting spice. Give those tannins anything meaty, especially slow-smoked ribs.Wine Tasting NotesRich, concentrated blackberry, dusty briar, sweet leather, cocoa, flint, exotic spice. Full bodied, viscous, balanced. Chalky tannins, lingering flavors. An elegant, complete wine. (Grapes from Russian River Valley provide the blackberry fruit and bright acid; Alexander Valley fruit adds exotic notes, finesse. Dry Creek is the source of the wine's depth, earthiness, and structure.)Three Valleys is a Ridge proprietary name, referring to three of Sonoma County's finest appellations. Roughly half the grapes in this bottling came from six vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, one-third from six vineyards in Alexander Valley, and the balance from two vineyards in the Russian River Valley; included are grapes from recent plantings on our Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards. The wines fermented on their natural yeasts, were pressed at eight days, and completed a natural (uninoculated) malolactic fermentation five weeks later. Aged in air-dried american oak barrels (twenty percent new, the rest two to six years old), this full, well-balanced zinfandel is enjoyable now. Its rich fruit will show to best advantage over the next four or five years.
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