In 2011, the Ridge Three Valleys is a blend of 65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouchet, and 1% Grenache. As always, I can't help but wonder how geniuses like Paul Draper decide that 1% of a particular variety will make that much difference, but however he does it this is a lovely wine. To be sure, it's not a vin de garde, but tonight with a grilled rib-eye steak it was primo.
It needs some air. Double decanting helps. Once it has a chance to breathe, it shows as a well balanced wine, with smooth tannins and a fully integrated acidic structure. Blackberry, elderberry, brambles, pepper, and oriental spices. At less than 14% alcohol, it is very food friendly compared to a lot of Zinfandels on the market these days. If you can afford to spend $20 on a mid-week wine, this is a great choice.