The history of Ridge begins in 1885 when Osea Perrone bought 200 acres near Monte Bello ridge. The first wine wasn't produced until 1892. In the 1940s the abandoned winery was purchased by William short who worked with Stanford Research Institute engineers to create the cult classic and world renowned, Monte Bello. Ridge vineyards is most notable for their 1971 Ridge Monte Bello which came in 5th place in the Judgment of Paris. Since their inception Ridge has been producing world class wine, that has received high praise from every major wine critic. Find out why Ridge is one of the top producers in the world!
The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards—this year, ten. Unlike the Ridge 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 adds spice, depth of color, and firm tannins. This wine is like a freshly showered 20 something on a Saturday night, this beauty is well put together.
Tasting Notes: Deep garnet color. Fresh raspberry and cherry fruits, barrel spice, clay minerals, and fresh mint. Sweet red berry fruit entry, medium body, lively acid, and supple tannins. Long, elegant finish.
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. ~91WA
Lively and well-built, with expressive cherry, roasted dill and white pepper flavors that glide toward refined tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Grenache. ~91WS
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