Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ridge Three Valleys 2012 Zinfandel

Ridge Three Valleys 2012 Zinfandel, $22.49-$28.99, 89 points, poured nearly black throughout except for a bright ruby toward the glass wall with sheeting and a clear rim.
As for the aroma, Ridge almost without exception impresses, but this 2012 Three Valleys was profuse black currant and pomegranate which were just okay for me, though hints of roasted coffee and blackberry notes were good.
A very dry red wine with a medium trending medium-plus body, good acidity, firm and enduring tannin, plus good flavors of mulberry, blackberry, dried herbs, and licorice.
Finished moderately long on spice, plum, oak, and some heat from the 14.2% alcohol.
It's been some time since I tasted the 2006 Three Valleys, and the 2012 was much better, but it retains its dubious distinction of being my least favorite Ridge wine.
Paired nicely with my tostada.
Unlike the 2006, which was technically a red wine (74% Zinfandel), the 2012 was 82% Zinfandel, thus the Zinfandel pedigree.


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  1. Man, I remember when Ridge made three Zinfandels: Pagani, Lytton and Geyserville. Now they've got so many I've lost count. I agree with you though - I've had this wine a few times and while it's ok it's not a good value for where it's priced. Live and learn, eh amico.