Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2018

$29.99

Another fantastic Three Valleys from Ridge and one of the best Zinfandel values anywhere!  "Three Valleys" is the proprietary name for the only Ridge wine blended from multiple vineyard sites.  They select softer, more accessible lots from their single vineyards and, taking the role of winemaker literally, create a character they find most appealing. Younger vines from Lytton Estate provided most of the fruit; older vines on five small Alexander Valley vineyards and one Russian River vineyard make up the rest.  This sixth vintage of Three Valleys contains the highest percentage of zinfandel to date. Sensuous structure and rich fruit give the wine immediate appeal; it will bemost enjoyable over the next five years. 93 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Three Valleys is another terrific 2018 from this team. A blend of 70% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 12% Carignan, and the rest Mataro, it plays in the medium-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum and has wonderful purity in its blue fruits, peppery herbs, violets, and sandalwood aromas and flavors. Nicely textured, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with good acidity, this ethereal, balanced beauty can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years." 92 Points Wine Spectator:  "Svelte and briary, with vibrant raspberry and black cherry flavors, accented by licorice, tarragon and white pepper notes. Finishes with snappy tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro. Drink now through 2028. "

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Ratings on Delectable

John Howard Delectable Pro

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

@Austin Hohnke said it well. It’s good. Still too oaky for us, but a good vintage. Total Coppertone.

@Austin Hohnke said it well. It’s good. Still too oaky for us, but a good vintage. Total Coppertone.

9.0

Austin Hohnke Delectable Pro

Best “Three Valleys” vintage in years. Blackberries and red currant with cocoa nibs, great freshness. Feels balanced, even at 14.5%

Best “Three Valleys” vintage in years. Blackberries and red currant with cocoa nibs, great freshness. Feels balanced, even at 14.5%

9.0

Kevin Kruke

Very ho hum. Has all the classic ridge deep flavors and smoothness, but lacks the robust body characterized by Ridge.

Very ho hum. Has all the classic ridge deep flavors and smoothness, but lacks the robust body characterized by Ridge.

7.2

Chris Grimm

Vanilla, raspberry, tannins are still biting pretty good. The nose is just wonderful, after being open for a bit—it’s like a cool raspberry breeze. Delicious.

Vanilla, raspberry, tannins are still biting pretty good. The nose is just wonderful, after being open for a bit—it’s like a cool raspberry breeze. Delicious.

9.0

Ray

Still a little oakey

Still a little oakey

7.0

Bonnie Chu

With #kalbijim from hanjan during lockdown

With #kalbijim from hanjan during lockdown

8.9

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