About Ridge 2020 Three Valleys Zinfandel Blend, Sonoma County
Ridge Vineyards is an historic winery located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Known for their Monte Bello Cabernet which placed 5th in the famous Judgment in Paris tasting, they're celebrated for their incredible Zinfandels which are sourced from many single vineyard locations around California.
Proprietor and Winemaker Paul Draper focuses on expressing the individual terroir for these wines, but with so many fans out there of Ridge Zin, Draper realized that he needed a wine that was more available both in quantity and price. This Sonoma County Three Valleys is that wine.
First released in 2001, the wine contains grapes from five vineyards; one in Dry Creek Valley, 3 in Alexander Valley and one in Russian River Valley. 20% of the vines are eighty to one hundred years old, 50% are thirty-five to forty-five years old, and the remaining 30% are seven to fourteen years old.
The final blend for this 2020 is 74% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane and % Alicante Bouschet aged 11 months in air-dried American oak barrels.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded this an Editors Choice and scored it 93 points saying "This focused, firm and tannic wine exudes black pepper and wood-smoke aromas followed by rather tight espresso, blueberry and cacao flavors. Made from 74% Zinfandel and other California heritage-grape varieties, it has the bones of a cool-climate wine and should improve through at least 2028."
Wine Spectator scored this 93 points saying "Opens with a juicy burst of cherry fruit, then turns brooding midway, with dark berry flavors accented by savory white pepper and bay leaf. Ends with broad-shouldered tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2031."