Ridge 2012 Three Valleys® Sonoma County
2012 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)
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 wineâ€™s varietal character; old-vine carignane
contributes bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah spice, depth of color,
and firm tannins.
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
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
Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Bloom: Mid May
Weather: Wet spring and long, mild summer.
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
Aging: Ten months in barrel
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
||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