2022 Three Valleys

2022 Three Valleys

Wine Information

65% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 14% Petite Sirah, 5% Mataro

Vintage

2022

Appellation

Sonoma County

Alcohol By Volume

14.2%

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Deep nose of blackberry, anise and espresso. Ample structure and mouthfeel with raspberry bramble, dark chocolate and baking spice. SR (12/23)

Vintage Notes

Since its inception, Ridge has specialized in single vineyard wines. Three Valleys is the exception, made by carefully blending selections from multiple vineyards. Mild temperatures throughout the growing season allowed the fruit to mature slowly and develop deep fruit flavors for which Sonoma is known. Enjoyable now, this wine will continue to develop over the next five years. SR (5/23)

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, and petite sirah contributes spice, depth of color, and firm tannins.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 12.3 inches (below normal)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: 2022 was the third year of drought. Thankfully, we received spring rains that helped the vines. These same rains caused shatter in our zinfandel, reducing their crop. Two heat spells pushed the vines to another early harvest.

Winemaking

Harvest Dates: 18 August – 21 September
Grapes: Average Brix 25.3˚
TA: 6.51 g/L
pH: 3.69
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (10% new, 50% four years old, and 40% five plus years old).
Aging: Twelve months in barrel

Hand-harvested grapes, destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts followed by a full malolactic on the natural-occurring bacteria; tartaric acid; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35ppm at crush, 88 ppm 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.

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