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Ridge

Three Valleys

Sonoma County

2009

Notes from the Producer

The history of the Ridge Sonoma County Three Valleys began with the release of the 2001. The wine contains grapes from a number of Sonoma vineyards - this year, six. We take great care in selecting the fruit, which is hand-harvested, then crushed and fermented at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs. Unlike our single-vineyard wines, which reflect the distinctive character of each site, Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards - winemaking at its finest. Zinfandel fruit determines the wine's varietal character; old vine carignane contributes its own bright fruit and acidity; petite sirah and syrah add peppery spice, depth of color, and firm tannins; grenache brings briar fruit and lively tannins.

 

 

Three Valleys

Three Valleys map

Vineyard

First RIDGE Three Valleys: 2001
Location: Two vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, three in Alexander Valley, and one in Russian River Valley
Soils: Varied, with a predominance of gravelly loam; gravelly clay loam on hillsides.
Vines: Approximately 20% eighty to one-hundred years old, 50% thirty-five to forty-five years, 30% seven to fourteen years.
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned
Yields: 1.5 to 3.0 tons per acre

 

Average Price: $19.99