2008 THREE VALLEYS

74% Zinfandel Blend
Ridge Vineyards

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $22.00
club price: $19.80
available:Yes
cases:not available
formats: 750mL
released:Dec 28, 2009
date profiled:Dec 15, 2010
region:Northern California
AVA:Sonoma County
vineyards:Three vineyards in Dry Cr ... Three vineyards in Dry Creek, three in Alexander, and one in Russian River Valley.
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:14.2%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% American  
oak barrels:33% New  
oak aging: 11 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
zinfandel 74%
petite sirah 11%
carignan 5%
mourvedre 4%
grenache 3%
more... syrah/shiraz 3%
 
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Winemaker John Olney & Eric Baugher Notes
A second year of below-average rainfall made for a challenging growing season. A small crop was set in March, and ripened in time for a September harvest. The dry conditions resulted in smaller-than-normal berry size, which accentuated flavor. Natural yeasts carried out primary fermentation, and eight days of skin contact extracted elegant structure. Uninoculated secondary fermentation was complete in record time, allowing early assemblage. We chose the most accessible lots from six vineyards for this wine. Once blended and racked to barrel, clarity was achieved by racking off the sediment every two months. Integrated oak and appealing ripe fruit make this Three Valleys enjoyable now: it will be at its best over the next fiv ...more... e years.
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