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
Wine Advocate (Issue 215, October 2014): "The 2012 Proprietary Red Three Valleys is composed of 82% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah and the rest
Carignan and Alicante Bouchet. This sexy wine (14.2% natural alcohol) reveals lots of raspberry and
black cherry fruit, medium to full body, beautiful purity, delicate notes of spice, and no hint of oak. Enjoy
this fleshy red over the next 3-4 years."
- Connoisseurs' Guide (September 2014):
"Deep, clean-as-can-be, ripe-berry fruit is teamed with a trim bit of sweet oak
in the very well-focused aromas and incisively varietal flavors of this nicely made
youngster, and the wine earns higher marks yet for its exemplary structure and balance.
It is at once zesty and polished with great fruity precision, and its fine fit and finish
ensure that it will grow for many years." Rated: 90 (*)