Ridge Estate Three Valleys (750ml)
Spaghetti and MeatballsBBQBurgers
Other red grapesPetite SirahZinfandel
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountain side on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. At 2600′, it is surrounded by the “upper vineyard”, now referred to as the Perrone Ranch.
Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Ridge takes a pre-industrial approach to winemaking; find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine.
Pronounced cherry and raspberry with sweet oak and spice. The palate is full with intense red fruit, ripe plum, lively acidity, baking spice and light barrel roasted notes. Tannins are supple and the finish lingers pleasantly.
Complex, textured and long, this red is mostly made of Zinfandel, along with Petite Sirah, Carignan, Mataro, Alicante Bouschet and Grenache. Although specializing in single-vineyard cuvees, this wine is a blend of grapes from three different zones for this cuvee; Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley.