Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys 2019
|Region||California, Sonoma County|
An engaging blend, well-knit and distinctive for its savory raspberry and cherry flavors that draw in bay leaf, Asian spice and smoked pepper notes. Tannins are ripe and briary. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro. Drink now through 2029. 40,000 cases made. — TF
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.
Earthy, woodsy aromas and rich, mulled fruit flavors ride a smooth, lightly tannic texture in this full-bodied, brooding wine made mostly from Zinfandel, with Petite Sirah, Carignan and Mataro blended in. It's not overtly fruity or oaky but offers a savory, meaty expression that's intriguing.