2001 Ridge Vineyards "Three Valleys" Sonoma County Red Wine
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.
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.
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.