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Ridge Sonoma Three Valleys 2011

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"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

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Ridge Vineyards:
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name... Read more
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and zinfandel account for most of the production; syrah, grenache, carignane, and petite sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Ridge Sonoma Three Valleys

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Snooth User: zinfandel1
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/02/2013

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.


Snooth User: rar8888
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/19/2009

This wine has a great fruit forward style and lots of zest if anything it is a little hot.


Snooth User: ehrenfrd
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/23/2009

tar on the nose, with good spices. Good finish on the palate with good flavor.


Snooth User: talock
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 05/11/2009

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.


Snooth User: cmorgan
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/12/2009

This is a go-to everyday wine for me. Solid but not too powerful. Consistent vintage to vintage.


Snooth User: dtvancouver
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/10/2009

Excellent spice and deep flavour. A winner at an excellent price


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/27/2009

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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External Reviews for Ridge Sonoma Three Valleys

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

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


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/11/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 08/10/2009

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.


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Vintage: 2007 01/19/2009

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 06/29/2009

2007 Sonoma County Three ValleysORGANIC76% ZINFANDEL, 8% PETITE SIRAH, 7% SYRAH, 6% GRENACHE,3% CARIGNANE


External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/09/2008

Ridge's Three Valleys wine is a field blend based on Zinfandel. It's a hearty, full-bodied red wine that's dense with black fruit and chocolately tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 03/16/2010

Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys 2006 and all other wine from Ridge Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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