Big berry nose. Sure enough, blackberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, a silky smoothness that makes check the label. Is this Zinfandel? Yep, 77% with some Petite Sirah and some Carignane. Not the big brambly, woody blackfruited Zinfandel, but a sophisticated integration of berry flavor, resolved tannins and supporting acid. Wow.
A little too austere and angular. The depth and complexity is there, but the "zinness" is just not showing yet.
delicious...an awesome zin blend. great with almost anything...meat, chicken, fish, just go with this when you're in the mood for a medium bodied home run!
Great, dark wine - full bodied and complex: better than the 2006!
Paul Draper is the greatest living American Winemaker. This wine will improve with age but is very drinkable already.
External Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs
Produced from Ridge's estate vineyards on the bench and hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valley's in Sonoma, Lytton Springs 2005 is blended from 77% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah and 6% Carignane. One third of the vines are over 100 years of age and yield only 1.5 tons per acre. As with other Ridge, it has been aged in air-dried American oak barrels. The wine is intense and full bodied and will benefit from another year in the bottle to soften the tannic frame.
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