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2006 Ridge US Red Blend "Three Valleys"

Ridge 2006 Three Valleys

Winery: Ridge

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Three Valleys"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 80% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, & 5% Grenache

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $22

Cases produced: 26,000

KWG Score: 91.3 (based on 3 reviews)

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

Review date: October 5, 2008

Wine Review: This is Ridge’s entry level Zin blend. It is frequently a tasty and fairly valued option. This vintage is no exception. This very dark ruby wine opens with a spicy black cherry like bouquet with hints of dried cranberries. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, with nicely integrated acidity and a dry mouthfeel. The flavor profile is black cherry with a touch of black pepper. The finish is dry and lingers slightly. We felt this wine would be a very good choice with meatloaf in brown gravy. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: "Three Valleys" is the proprietary name for the only Ridge wine blended from multiple vineyard sites. We select softer, more accessible lots from our single vineyards and, taking the role of winemaker literally, create a character we find most appealing. Younger vines from Lytton Estate provided most of the fruit; older vines on five small Alexander Valley vineyards and one Russian River vineyard make up the rest. We blind-tasted all the lots in spring, creating this elegant blend. Our sixth vintage of Three Valleys contains the highest percentage of zinfandel to date. Sensuous structure and rich fruit give the wine immediate appeal; it will be most enjoyable over the next five years. JO/EB (6/07)

Organic status: not organic

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