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 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; grenache brings briary fruit and lively tannins.
Harvest Dates: 16 September – 26 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.5˚
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary.
Grapes fully crushed; Pressed at six days on average.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (14% new, 21% one and
two years old, and 65% three to six years old).
Aging: Ten months in barrel
Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Weather: Wet spring and long, mild summer.
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 0.78 grams/liter
tartaric acid; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35ppm at crush, 89ppm 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.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Garnet in color with aromas of cherry and raspberry fruits, wintergreen, savory herbs, barrel spice.
Cherry fruit on entry along with lively acidity,
medium bodied, and a smooth tannin texture, with a gravelly-clay mineral finish.