2006 Ridge Vineyards "Three Valleys" Sonoma Zinfandel, $22.00
Ridge vineyards are famous for their Zinfandels. In fact, I would say that they are some of the best I’ve tasted. This particular wine is a blend of fruit taken from 10 different sites combined with old-vine carignan and petite syrah. The result is a wine with a deep red color and an aroma alive with blueberry and cherry pie, plum, and a bit of pepper. Big fruit flavors accented by peppery spice, lively tannins, and balanced acidity. Really, really nice wine. Wine & Spirits magazine gave this wine a 93 and placed it in its list of “100 Best Buys of 2008.” If you see it in a store—BUY IT!