Ridge Vineyards: Crafting Tasting Pleasures Since 1885

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Prepare to embark on a journey through Sonoma County’s wine country with Ridge Vineyards’ Three Valleys Zinfandel.

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Crafted with a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Mataro, the 2018 vintage offers a sumptuous, full-bodied experience, brimming with ripe fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and smooth, velvety tannins. Whether you’re indulging in grilled meats or hearty pasta dishes, this versatile wine promises to elevate any meal to a memorable occasion.

The history of Ridge Three Valleys dates back to the release of its inaugural 2001 vintage. Hand-harvested grapes from select Sonoma vineyards are carefully chosen by our winemakers, then crushed and fermented using native yeast and naturally occurring malolactic bacteria at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs wineries. Three Valleys represents the pinnacle of vineyard blending and winemaking craftsmanship. Zinfandel lends its distinctive varietal character, while old-vine Carignane adds bright fruit and acidity, and Petite Sirah contributes spice, depth of color, and firm tannins.

Rooted in History

The story of Ridge Vineyards traces back to 1885 when Osea Perrone, a prominent member of California’s Italian immigrant community, planted grapevines on Monte Bello Ridge. The first Monte Bello wine was crafted in 1892. Following Prohibition, the vineyard changed hands until it was acquired in 1959 by a group of engineers from nearby Stanford Research Institute. Bonded as a commercial vineyard, Ridge produced its inaugural wine, a Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, in 1962.

In 1987, Ridge Vineyards found new ownership under Otsuka U.S., a subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, known for its nutritional drinks and pharmaceutical products.

A Legacy of Firsts

Ridge Vineyards made history with its first Zinfandel in 1964. By 1966, the winery began sourcing grapes for its Geyserville Zinfandel and other wines from Sonoma County vineyards. In 1991, Ridge Vineyards acquired the Lytton Springs vineyard in Dry Creek Valley AVA. Today, wine production thrives at both Monte Bello and Lytton Springs, each hosting tasting rooms open to the public.

Embracing Nature: The Legacy of Paul Draper

Paul Draper, a visionary figure in the world of winemaking, ushered in a new era of excellence at Ridge Vineyards. Draper’s philosophy, grounded in tradition and a deep reverence for nature, allowed the grapes to express their true character. His meticulous approach and commitment to quality garnered international acclaim for Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel wines.

Continuing the Tradition: Eric Baugher’s Vision

Eric Baugher, Chief Operating Officer and Winemaker at Monte Bello, carries forward Draper’s legacy with passion and innovation. Since joining Ridge Vineyards in 1994, Baugher’s journey from Chemist to winemaking steward exemplifies the dedication to quality and innovation that defines Ridge Vineyards.

Sensory Delights

Pamper your senses with Ridge Vineyards’ Three Valleys Zinfandel. From its captivating ruby-garnet hue to its aromatic bouquet of cherry and raspberry, each sip reveals layers of sweet oak, intricate minerals, and vibrant fruit notes. With a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Mataro, this wine delights the palate with hints of blue fruits, peppery herbs, and a touch of sandalwood.

Embark on a sensory journey through time and terroir with Ridge Vineyards, celebrating a rich heritage and an enduring commitment to crafting exceptional wines that captivate the palate and inspire the soul.

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Dr. Elinor Garely - special to eTN and editor in chief, wines.travel

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