2010 Ridge Vineyards "Three Valleys" Sonoma Zinfandel Blend

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The talent of a winemaker really shines when it comes to the skill in blending to produce a finished wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. Ridge Vineyards' Three Valleys is this form of winemaking - arguably the "real" form of winemaking - at its finest. Fruit for the 2010 blend was hand-selected from seven different Sonoma vineyards. Though the wine's composition may vary from vintage to vintage, it is always driven by Zinfandel's varietal character, the foundation of the blend. Old-vine Carignagne builds upon this plummy, generous foundation with bright red fruit notes and zesty acidity. It gets its darker fruit notes, spice, and tannin from the Petite Sirah and Syrah.Tiny amounts of Grenache and Alicante Bouchet add just a touch of briar-patch to the mix for a blend that is overall open-knit, punchy, and exceedingly delicious with just the right amount of oak spice. It shows off the cool character of the 2010 vintage in the form of fresh and bright red berry notes upfront and backed by perfume of flowering herbs and cracked pepper. The tannins are lithe and elegant, the oak nicely integrated, and the wine finishes with complex array of fruit, spice, and earth notes that linger through a long finish. Composition: 72% Zinfandel, 12% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Syrah, 1% Grenache, 1% Alicante Bouchet.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4