2001 Ridge Vineyards "Three Valleys" Sonoma County Red Wine

SKU #5001282 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An outstanding value, the 2001 Three Valleys Proprietary Red is a blend of 50% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 15% Carignan, and the rest Mourvedre and Grenache from the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander valleys. It possesses loads of blackberry, cherry, and raspberry fruit intermixed with spice and pepper characteristics. Full-bodied, expansive, succulent as well as sexy, this gorgeous, upfront, surprisingly complex red will drink well for 5-6 years.  (10/2003)

Wine Spectator

 Floral, pencil lead, blackberry, wild berry and blackberry jam form the core flavors in this ripe, supple, graceful red. New bottling from Ridge, taking its name from Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mataro (Mourvèdre) and Grenache. Drink now through 2007.  (12/2003)

K&L Notes

Made from 50% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 15% Carignane, 11% Mataro, and 9% Grenache, Three Valleys is a Ridge proprietary name referring to Sonoma County's Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys that provide fruit for this wine. This 2001 is the debut vintage for this blend.

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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).