Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wine: Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel

While watching The Hurt Locker this weekend, we tried a fabulous new wine, the 2008 Ridge Three Valleys zin. The movie left me in awe and feeling slightly unnerved. The wine, however, left me feeling quite enchanted by zinfandel.

I started to understand and appreciate zinfandel during a tasting at Ridge in Sonoma Valley last month. Very few of the Ridge zins are 100% zinfandel grape. The winery tends to blend the zinfandel grape with other varietals including petit sirah, carignane, grenache, and syrah. I think the blending makes Ridge zins well-balanced and less over-the-top jammy or spicy.

The 2008 Three Valleys starts with lots of fruit, blackberry and cherry (I think), with a touch of vanilla spice and layers of toasted oak. Well-balanced and silky in the mouth. Medium-bodied, long finish. $25 a bottle. Look forward to drinking this again!

Image from K&L Wines

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