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2005 Ridge US Red Blend "Three Valleys"

Winery: Ridge

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Three Valleys"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 74% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 3% Grenache, & 2% Mataro

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: California

State or country: CA

Price: $20

Cases produced: 7,000

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: May 6, 2007

Wine Review: This wine is consistently Very Good from year to year. This vintage opens up with a wonderful fruit forward bouquet. On the palate, the wine is light to medium bodied and nicely balanced. This is a good burger or barbeque wine. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Three Valleys is the Ridge proprietary name for our only bottling whose character is determinedby blending wines from multiple vineyard sites. We choose softer, less-defined lots from our single-vineyard wines–this year almost twothirds from Lytton Springs and two adjoining Dry Creek Valley vineyards, a third from Nervo, Mazzoni, Buchignani, Carmichael, and Stone Ranch in Alexander Valley, and a very small amount from Pagani in Sonoma Valley. These were combined during a series of blind tastings, creating an appealing wine that is clearly greater than the sum of its parts. After a cool spring and above-average rainfall, a warm summer and mild fall ripened a very full crop. Enjoyable now, this spicy, beautifully-structured zinfandel blend will develop fully over the next four to five years. JO/EB/PD (11/06)

Organic status: not organic

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