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Cave Rokin EUR 37.50 750ml
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Ridge Lytton Springs 2005

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Alcohol Percentage: 14.5 % Sugar Rate: 0-5 g/l

Ridge Vineyards:
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name... Read more
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and zinfandel account for most of the production; syrah, grenache, carignane, and petite sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs

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Snooth User: EMark
8478049,588
4.50 5
08/17/2015

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.


Snooth User: hipergas
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2.50 5
06/12/2008

A little too austere and angular. The depth and complexity is there, but the "zinness" is just not showing yet.


Snooth User: vardaman
7409597
3.50 5
06/03/2008

minerality


Snooth User: MarissaWyant
53196331
4.00 5
07/14/2010

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!


Snooth User: la7aru7
15194115
4.50 5
03/16/2009

Great, dark wine - full bodied and complex: better than the 2006!


Snooth User: Gastro1
21574712
4.00 5
07/15/2009

Paul Draper is the greatest living American Winemaker. This wine will improve with age but is very drinkable already.


Snooth User: dastewart10
462887
4.00 5
03/30/2008

Great wine!


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External Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs

External Review
10/15/2009

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.


External Review
05/18/2010

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