Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.
Ridge Three Valleys began with the release of the 2001. The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards - this year, ten. Ridge takes great care in selecting the fruit which is hand harvested, then crushed and fermented on its native yeast and naturally occurring malolactic bacteria at both Monte Bello and Lytton Spring wineries. Unlike their single vineyard wines, Three Valleys represents the blending of the vineyards - 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.
Ruby-garnet red color. Pungent cherry and raspberry fruits, sweet oak, and complex minerals. Intense cherry fruit entry, ripe plum, lively acid, and exotic spices and barrel toast. Tannins are supple and coated by appealing fruit. Wonderfully long finish.
72% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 4% Mataro