Ridge is a constant critical darling that has been on the top of just about every list you can imagine for well over 50 years. Maybe they are most well known for winning the second enactment of the Tasting of Paris where their Monte Bello not only edged out the Napa Elite but also topped Mouton, Montrose, & Haut-Brion.
With Ridge it’s all about the raw ingredients and there may be no winery in all the world that understands each and every parcel so well. They are true stewards of the land and pioneers of American winemaking, being one of the first and most thorough when it comes to organic and being known as one of if not the best producers of Zinfandel anywhere.There is only one wine that the Ridge team meticulously selects from multiple vineyards as they have since its inception in 2001. This year, they’ve selected 10 vineyard sites. Think of it as California’s answer to CDP. It’s the 2017 Ridge Three Valleys. If you’ve never had a Ridge wine, this is a great gateway. We are selling it at the best price online.
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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 91 points
The Three Valleys is Ridge’s general Sonoma County blend, made with fruit from ten different old-vine Zinfandel vineyards throughout Sonoma. The 2017 is comprised of 73% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane and 2% Grenache, aged 11 months in 5% new American oak. The 2017 Three Valleys has a medium ruby color with scents of warm apricots and baked peaches, red cherries, blueberries, crushed stone and oodles of floral perfume. The medium-bodied palate offers concentrated, tricolored fruits with juicy acidity and grainy tannins, finishing long and perfumed.
Wine Spectator, 91 points
Lively and well-built, with expressive cherry, roasted dill and white pepper flavors that glide toward refined tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Grenache. Drink now through 2025.
They are true stewards of the land and pioneers of American winemaking, being one of the first and most thorough when it comes to organic and being known as one of if not the best producers of Zinfandel anywhere.
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