2001 Ridge Vineyards "Three Valleys" Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend

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 (Mourvedre) 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.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
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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.
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California

- 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).