For the wine snob: The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885 when Osea Perrone bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. Ridge’s, ‘Three Valleys’ began with the release of the 2001. The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards. Unlike our single-vineyard wines, which reflect the distinctive character of each site, Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards, highlighting winemaking at its finest. Zinfandel determines the wine’s varietal character; old-vine Carignane contributes bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah spice, depth of color, and firm tannins.
For the rest of us: 73% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 1% Alicante Bouschet, this red blend has a deep garnet-red color. Aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry fruits, fresh mint, exotic spices, with clay-earth minerals. Beautiful briary fruits on entry, medium-full body, integrated tannins, and great persistence to the finish.