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Ridge "Three Valleys" Zinfandel 2009 (Sonoma County, California)
Ridge Vineyards "Three Valleys" Zinfandel 2009 (Sonoma County, California)

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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 76% Zin, 8% Pet. Sirah, 7% Syrah, 6% Grenache, etc
Region: Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

bottled September 2010
70% zinfandel, 10% petite sirah, 15% carignane, 3% grenache, 2% mataro
14.2% alcohol


The history of the Ridge Sonoma County Three Valleys began with the release of the 2001. The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards this year, seven. We take great care in selecting the fruit, which is hand-harvested, then crushed and fermented at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs. Unlike our single vineyard wines, which reflect the distinctive character of each site, Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards winemaking at its finest. Zinfandel fruit determines the wine's varietal character; old-vine carignane contributes its own bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah and syrah add peppery spice, depth of color, and firm tannins; grenache brings briar fruit and lively tannins.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Medium garnet. Fresh raspberry, cherry. Scorched clay/earth minerals, white pepper. Ripe briary fruit entry, elegant tannins, integrated oak spice, great length. EB (3/10)

Ratings & Reviews

California Grapevine (Vol. 36, No. 2, April-May 2010) (2008 vintage):
"Medium-dark ruby; attractive, herbal, briary, raspberry jam aroma with notes of cedar and vanilla; full body; cedary, cranberry and raspberry fruit flavors with a tight and somewhat hard finish; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 92 Points & "Editors' Choice" (2007 vintage):
"An absolutely beautiful Zin, and a must-have for restaurant wine lists. It’s pure and complex in blackberries, cherries, cola and mocha, with wonderful spices erupting all the way though, and the most elegant silky texture. What a great job." - S.H. (12/1/2009)

Connoisseurs' Guide To California Wine - 90 Points
(2007 vintage):
"When measured against its far riper cousins, this very well-balanced wine may seem a bit light on muscle, but what is really missing is fat, and, instead, it turns out to be both deep and quite long on bona fide fruity substance. Its careful composition and keen, claret-like structure mark it indelibly as an eminently food-worthy Zin for now and the next few years." - CG, May 2009

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