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    Ridge Three Valleys Red 2006
    Other Red Blends - Sonoma County, California


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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine & Spirits

    Region: Sonoma County, California

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Item no. 93382

    Winemaker's Notes:

    80% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 5% Grenache

    "Three Valleys" is the proprietary name for the only Ridge wine blended from multiple vineyard sites. They select softer, more accessible lots from their single vineyards and, taking the role of winemaker literally, create a character they find most appealing.

    Younger vines from Lytton Estate provided most of the fruit; older vines on five small Alexander Valley vineyards and one Russian River vineyard make up the rest. The grapes fermented on their own yeasts in small-capacity tanks. Pressed, on average, by the seventh day, they completed a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked to american oak barrels, whose staves had been air (not kiln) dried for twenty-four months.

    Ridge blind-tasted all the lots in spring, creating this elegant blend. Their sixth vintage of Three Valleys contains the highest percentage of Zinfandel to date. Sensuous structure and rich fruit give the wine immediate appeal; it will be most enjoyable over the next five years.

    Critical Acclaim:

    One of the friendliest Ridge zins we've tasted in a long time, this is exuberant and focused on fresh black cherry flavors. It has a cool, foresty feel to balance the tannins and their lasting spice. Give these tannins anything meaty, especially slow-smoked ribs.

    93 Points
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    User Reviews:

    Melski (9/28/2010)
    My experience with this wine was pleasant from the moment the cork was pulled from the bottle to long after the last swallow was swallowed. Very well balanced but not so smooth that it lacks a distinct character.
    nyuguy79 (9/28/2010)
    Had this with a wonderful dinner near Woodstock, and was happy to find it here at Wine.com. Excellent meritage.

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