2007 Ridge Three Valleys

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Ridge
Variety: Zinfandel Blend (74% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 4% Mataro, 3% Syrah, 3% Grenache)
Designation: Three Valleys
Region: USA
Sub-region: California, Sonoma County
ABV: 14.3%
Price: $35 (BC LDB), $35 (EWine)

He says: Well, this wine has got everything but the kitchen sink in it, so perhaps it’s the clearinghouse label for Ridge Vineyards, or the Zin is really so bad that they need all the accessories. Regardless, it was a decent enough wine, and had good balance. My only complaints are the alcohol is fairly hot, and there’s not much of a finish. Still, it didn’t make me love Zinfandel, and that’s what I was hoping for.

She says: It was maybe unfair to put a Zin blend up against a straight Zin as the additional varieties definitely added balance and layers to this wine. That said, it was a great example of a blend being better than it’s parts. Smooth layers of fruit, spice and coffee with a much more palatable price tag.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, black baked fruit, raisin, smoke, earth, pepper
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med+ body, med+ intensity, med tannin, med+ alcohol, Ripe black fruit, spice, chocolate, coffee, pepper, leather, hint of earth, med length
Summary: Good, Ready to drink/Can develop further

5 comments to 2007 Ridge Three Valleys

  • I haven’t had this wine in ages, but from what I remember it just isn’t that great, which is a shame as Ridge does make some excellent zins at the higher price point (around $50 level).

    Actually, I think it is hard to find good zin in Vancouver for less than $40, which is a shame since the good stuff in the US starts at about $20-$25. It’s interesting for me to read this as I used to be a zin hater until I lived in the U.S. and tasted through a couple hundred at the zin festival. I would recommend checking out Neyers High Valley zin, the T-Vine brown estate zin, or the Turley Ueberroth – all at Marquis.

    • WCVR

      Thanks for the producer tips. Will check them out at Marquis.

      Have had a higher end Ridge Zin before and loved it for it’s feminine complexity. This was lacking it, but we’ll try some of the better stuff down in the States where it makes more sense dollar-wise. We’ve also had some good luck with the Ravenswood series.

  • Also, the reason it has so many grapes is because Ridge makes field blends. All their wines are like that except one or two that are 100% zinfandel. In most cases, it makes them vastly superior to most zins, which are just too alcoholic at 100%.

  • We tasted this a couple weeks back, but was rather disappointing. Price to quality ratio just wasn’t there.

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