Ridge 2012 Three Valleys® Sonoma County

Ridge 2012 Three Valleys bottle shot

2011 Three Valleys, bottled August 2013
79% zinfandel, 12% carignane, 8% petite sirah, 1% alicante bouschet
Sonoma County AVA
14.2% alcohol by volume

Winemaker Eric Baugher's notes (back label text) - Zinfandel, having suffered low yields for the past four years, rebounded, setting a large crop. Warm weather through September brought the grapes to ideal ripeness, and natural-yeast fermentations began immediately. When uninoculated secondaries finished, the wines were blind-tasted, selected, and blended. This appealing vintage is from grapes grown on seven vineyards in three Sonoma County valleys. It will be most enjoyable over the next five years. EB (7/13)

Tasting Notes - Garnet color; cherry and raspberry fruits, wintergreen, savory herbs, barrel spice; cherry fruit on entry, lively acidity, medium body, smooth tannin texture, gravelly-clay mineral finish. -Eric Baugher (2/14)


History

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, six. 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 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 firm tannins.

Vineyard

Three Valleys map

First RIDGE Sonoma County Three Valleys: 2001
Location: Two vineyards in Dry Creek, three in Alexander, and one in Russian River Valley.
Soils: Varied, with a predominance of gravelly loam; gravelly clay loam on hillsides.
Vines: Approximately 20% eighty to one-hundred years old, 50% thirty-five to forty-five years, 30% seven to fourteen years.
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Yields: 1.5 - 3.0 tons per acre

Growing Season

Three Valleys soil

Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Bloom: Mid May
Weather: Wet spring and long, mild summer.

Vintage

Harvest Dates: 16 September - 26 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.5°
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary. Grapes fully crushed; pressed at nine days on average.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (10% new, 28% one and two years old, and 62% three, four and five years old).
Aging: Ten months in barrel

Winemaking

All grapes hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts followed by a full malolactic on the natural-occurring bacteria; a total of 0.88 grams/liter tartaric acid; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35ppm at crush, 128ppm over the course of aging); oak from barrel aging; membrane sterile filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.


Miscellaneous

Bottle UPC Packaged SRP Notes
750mL 744442081004 12x750mL $23 60 cases/pallet (15 per layer)

 

SRP: suggested retail price per bottle (U.S. dollars)
Three Valleys® is a registered trademark of Ridge Vineyards, Inc. in the US and other countries.


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