2019 Three Valleys

2019 Three Valleys

Wine Information

73% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 1% Alicante Bouschet

93 PointsWine Spectator
92 PointsZinfandel Chronicles
91 PointsConnoisseurs’ Guide
90 PointsWine Enthusiast

Vintage

2019

Appellation

Sonoma County

Alcohol By Volume

14.5%

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Deep garnet-red color. Aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry fruits, fresh mint, exotic spices, with clay-earth minerals. Beautiful briary fruits on entry, medium-full body, integrated tannins, and great persistence to the finish. EB (12/20)

Vintage Notes

Rain in late March coupled with warm spring weather created ideal growing conditions. The vines responded with a full crop and mild summer weather allowed for slow, even ripening. Aging in American oak complements the plentiful fruit in the wine while petite sirah provides added richness and structure. Enjoyable upon release, this zinfandel-based wine will be at its best over the next five years.

History

The history of the Ridge Three Valleys began with the release of the 2001. The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards—this year, ten. We take great care in selecting the fruit, which is hand-harvested, then crushed and fermented on its native yeast and naturally occurring malolactic bacteria at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs wineries. Unlike our single-vineyard wines, which reflect the distinctive character of each site, Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards—winemaking—at its 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.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 57.5 inches (above normal)
Bloom: May
Weather: Total rainfall for the season was over 57.5” at Geyserville – almost double our usual amounts. The vines responded with bountiful yields of great quality.

Winemaking

Harvest Dates: 4 September – 19 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.3˚
TA: 6.35 g/L
pH: 3.77
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary. Grapes fully crushed; pressed at eight days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (15% new, 20% one year-old, 15% three years-old, 25% four years-old, and 25% five years-old).
Aging: Eleven months in barrel

Hand-harvested grapes, destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts followed by a full malolactic on the natural-occurring bacteria; a total of 0.25 grams/liter tartaric acid; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35ppm at crush, 121ppm over the course of aging); membrane sterile filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Press

Wine Spectator: 93 Points “Deeply structured, yet nimble on its feet. Blackberry, fresh fennel and brown baking spiceAn engaging blend, well-knit and distinctive for its savory raspberry and cherry flavors that draw in bay leaf, Asian spice and smoked pepper notes. Tannins are ripe and briary. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro. Drink now through 2029.” -T.F. (April 2021)

Zinfandel Chronicles: 92 Points “Crimson in color. Pretty nose of red and black fruit, plums and pepper. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Well balanced with lush and jammy fruits. Black cherry, black raspberry, earth and pepper on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Value and availability make this wine very appealing. Best over the next 3-5 years.” -Tom Lee (December 2020)

Connoisseurs’ Guide: 91 Points “Here is yet another Ridge Zinfandel that is both keen in focus on varietal fruit and more mannerly and polished than it is brash and powerful. To be sure, it is fairly full in weight and has a good bit of depth to its supple, balanced, straightforward personality; and it promises to be good today and good in the next several years if you decide to lay some away.” (July 2021)

Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points “Although quite firm with tannins, this full-bodied blend of traditional California grape varieties fills out its structure nicely with ripe blackberry and black-pepper flavors. Based on Zinfandel, it’s a robust wine that will make a great pairing with grilled meats and the like. Best from 2023.” -Jim Gordon (March 2021)

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 89.6

No. of Tasting Notes: 93

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