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: 19 September – 25 October
Grapes: Average Brix 23.6˚
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary.
Grapes fully crushed and fermented in small stainless steel tanks; fermenting juice
circulated over the cap twice daily for extraction of color,
tannin, and flavor. Full, natural malolactic to soften acidity.
Pressed at six days on average.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (10% new, 20% one and
two years old, and 70% three to five years old).
Aging: Twelve months in barrel
Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Mid May
Weather: Wet spring and typical cool summer, with no sustained heat spells.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Aromas of briar fruit, dried herbs, clay earth, and sweet oak. Fresh raspberry and cherry flavors together with savory oak spice.
Medium bodied with moderate acidity, round tannins, and a lively finish.(2/12)