It’s been a few years since we’ve shelled out for more Ridge. Our other review of Three Valleys are here: 2008, 2009. We have always appreciated the skill that goes into the Three Valleys blend. The 2011 however was just stupendous. A generous blend, if you will; soft and mouth watering and hugely fruit forward. Many nuanced lingering flavours. Although it went well with meat it would be fine on its own, a few marcona almonds maybe. It isn’t heavy or cloying or demonstrative. Rather, it’s eloquent and modern and appealing. Nothing to smirk at. I called the 2008 a semi-precious gem; this is more like a diamond in the rough.
Price: Around $25-27 in Washington, when and where you can find it. $39 at BC Liquor.
Market Liquidity: Liquid pleasure.