Garnet color; briar fruit, dried herbs, clay earth, sweet oak; Fresh raspberry and cherry, moderate acid, round tannins, savory oak spice, medium body, lively finish.
The history of Ridge's Sonoma County Three Valleys beganwith last year's release of the 2001. The wine contains grapesHistoryThree Valleys is a Ridge proprietary name, referring to threeof Sonoma County's finest appellations. Roughly half thegrapes in this bottling came from six vineyards in Dry CreekValley, one-third from six vineyards in Alexander Valley,and the balance from two vineyards in the Russian RiverValley; included are grapes from recent plantings on ourLytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards. The winesfermented on their natural yeasts, were pressed at eightdays, and completed a natural (uninoculated) malolacticfermentation five weeks later. Aged in air-dried americanoak barrels (twenty percent new, the rest two to six yearsold), this full, well-balanced zinfandel is enjoyable now. Itsrich fruit will show to best advantage over the next four or so years.