2012 Ridge "Three Valleys" Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend

SKU #1160574 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Deep, clean-as-can-be, ripe-berry fruit is teamed with a trim bit of sweet oak in the very well-focused aromas and incisively varietal flavors of this nicely made youngster, and the wine earns higher marks yet for its exemplary structure and balance. It is at once zesty and polished with great fruity precision, and its fine fit and finish ensure that it will grow for many years.  (9/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Proprietary Red Three Valleys is composed of 82% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah and the rest Carignan and Alicante Bouchet. This sexy wine (14.2% natural alcohol) reveals lots of raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium to full body, beautiful purity, delicate notes of spice, and no hint of oak. Enjoy this fleshy red over the next 3-4 years.  (10/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 What a treat to find a truly dry, balanced table wine among a sea of sweet and overoaked Zins. Plenty of blackberry, clove, sage and cherry flavors are supported by just firm-enough tannins and medium body. The blend is 79% Zinfandel, 12% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouschet.  (2/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 The 2012 Three Valleys is a fabulous entry-level Zinfandel-based offering from Ridge. Sweet red stone fruits, spices, mint, leather and wild flowers inform a floral, mid-weight Sonoma red bursting with character and personality. The Three Valleys is made mostly from deselected lots of Geyserville and Lytton Springs, along with a dollop of Russian River fruit. The blend is 79% Zinfandel, 12% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouschet.  (7/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Easygoing and zesty, with raspberry and dill aromas and soft flavors of cherry, herb and spicy cedar. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2019.  (8/2014)

K&L Notes

Ridge's "Three Valleys" is a county-wide blend of mainly Zinfandel, with a number of other varietals historically included in old "field blends," where Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mataro, Alicante Bouchet and Grenache were interplanted with the Zin. With this wine, the winemaker has the say over how each of the varietals adds to the delicious mix.

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By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2015 | Send Email
Ridge's entry level Zinfandel, the Three Valleys is a Sonoma County blend of predominately Zinfandel with just a touch of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet. A great way to start your Ridge wine experience or a great Tuesday night sipper.

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2014 | Send Email
This is surprisingly a softer style of Ridge than I've seen in vintages past, which means it's super food-friendly and accessible for every occasion!

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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