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

Ming L

Plum, fig, blueberry, vanilla, white pepper, and light herbs. Smooth, though a bit flat, palate with nicely integrated tannins. This entry level blend from Ridge is delicious, but a bit too oaky.

Plum, fig, blueberry, vanilla, white pepper, and light herbs. Smooth, though a bit flat, palate with nicely integrated tannins. This entry level blend from Ridge is delicious, but a bit too oaky.

8.7

Ericsson

Deep purple color. On the nose it’s big on oak, vanilla as well, and some dark and red fruits, slight hints of cocoa and coffee also. The mouthfeel is complex with plum, raspberry, more vanilla, and slightly herbaceous. Silky start, medium acidity, medium plus body, medium plus alcohol, well integrated tannings and a satisfying finish. A great everyday wine, or great wine for that matter.

Deep purple color. On the nose it’s big on oak, vanilla as well, and some dark and red fruits, slight hints of cocoa and coffee also. The mouthfeel is complex with plum, raspberry, more vanilla, and slightly herbaceous. Silky start, medium acidity, medium plus body, medium plus alcohol, well integrated tannings and a satisfying finish. A great everyday wine, or great wine for that matter.

9.0

Alan Hyde

Smooth.

Smooth.

8.9

Martin Mata

Raspberry, cherry, spice, and oak. Lively acidity and grippy, but not overwhelming tannins. An elegant wine, but with a bit of a wild side. Wonderful with a ribeye steak for dinner. Purchased at Suburban Wines in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Raspberry, cherry, spice, and oak. Lively acidity and grippy, but not overwhelming tannins. An elegant wine, but with a bit of a wild side. Wonderful with a ribeye steak for dinner. Purchased at Suburban Wines in Yorktown Heights, NY.

9.2

Yi-Fen Li

Easy-drinking zin blend with cowgirls and NY

Easy-drinking zin blend with cowgirls and NY

8.7

Bill Morgan

An excellent blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sarah, Carignane and Mataro Deep red blend full bodied and a smooth finish

An excellent blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sarah, Carignane and Mataro Deep red blend full bodied and a smooth finish

8.9

Stephen Osgood

all i'm getting is ripe fruit and new oak. meh.

all i'm getting is ripe fruit and new oak. meh.

8.5

Sophie Good

Straightforward peppery berry, good by itself

Straightforward peppery berry, good by itself

8.8

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