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Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A little spicy on the nose with super crushed berry fruit, a little poppy seeds, maybe even some fennel adding a provençal hint to the layered blackberry and brambly fruit with red fruit highlights. This has superb balance, clear and soil driven up front with fruit that hints at black currant, then soil and spice tones with a hint of dried herbs on the midpalate. Tannins are ripe and slightly pointy, acid is firm lending a tart note to the flavors, finishing with energy and fine tannins. Broad shouldered and narrow waisted with just terrific purity to the fruit and tannins show upon the finish. Vibrant and alive, this is great Zin. 94pts

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Editorial Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/02/2013

A little spicy on the nose with super crushed berry fruit, a little poppy seeds, maybe even some fennel adding a provençal hint to the layered blackberry and brambly fruit with red fruit highlights. This has superb balance, clear and soil driven up front with fruit that hints at black currant, then soil and spice tones with a hint of dried herbs on the midpalate. Tannins are ripe and slightly pointy, acid is firm lending a tart note to the flavors, finishing with energy and fine tannins. Broad shouldered and narrow waisted with just terrific purity to the fruit and tannins show upon the finish. Vibrant and alive, this is great Zin. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/02/2013

Stemmy, herbal and complex on the nose which retains plenty of fresh fruit while showing wonderful integration of the oak. On entry this shows a little caramelly and dried plummy fruit character, soft, then brightening on the palate it’s definitely showing some evolved fruit here, all dark and deep small berried black fruit, with the tannins fairly resolved. With it’s savory liquorice and minty notes this tastes Italian. Drink up. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/02/2013

Still youthful and fruity on the nose with a fine underlay of fresh spicy wood and vanilla aromas. Still tight, and fairly taut, on the palate this shows off fine balance, this opens with a bit of char then reveals dried cherry fruit, floral tones, red fruit, pomegranate seeds, raspberry, soil tones,and a bit of chocolate all unravelling from the core. Ultimately this is very young but at the same time it is clear and superbly vibrant, briary,and a little inky on the backend, and through the long finish which shows a little nutty, nutella, cocoa character. This is entering its peak drinking window. Enjoy it over the coming 5 years or so. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/11/2010

This is tight and hard on the nose with some evergreen, balsamic tones that offer contrast to the core of hard candied blackberry fruit. Light on the palate and quite structured with dry tannins and bright acids. There is a core of sweet black raspberry fruit on the finish with a nice hint of coconut cream sweetness, but overall this is hard and ungenerous. 85pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
Vintage: 1984 03/29/2010

Wow this is fantastic from the get go. The nose is packed with sweet, candied fruit and is really very complex with notes of cedar, mint, shoe polish VA, wood, some animal tones and a lovely hint of brambly black fruit weaving in and out of the glass. On the palate this is smooth and rich, seamless with bright plummy fruits and cedary notes on the backend and onto the surprisingly long, and fairly complex finish that shows a lovely forest floor tone. Absolutely spectacular bottle of aged Zin a new benchmark for me! 93pts


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Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
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4.70 5
Vintage: 2011 11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: atonalprime
1577901,412
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/15/2010

Decanted 4 hours, Raspberries and cedar on the nose, bright concentrated flavor on the palate, notes of red bramble fruit and hazelnuts. Finish of cherries and cranberries with notes of aged gouda. Great balance and mouthfeel. Still a fair bit of tannin. Good acid.


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External Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 08/08/2014

Ridge made its first Lytton Springs wine in 1972, from vines planted at the turn of the 20th century on a saddle of hills that separates Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Over the next three decades, Ridge consolidated ownership of the vineyard and built a winery on site, focused on wines from heritage vines on the north coast. This estate-grown zinfandel includes some petite sirah and carignane in the mix, pointing up the floral scent of the blueberry and dark cherry flavors. The wine has some vanillin aspects from aging in American oak (25 percent new), which will develop into complexity as it ages. A zin to cellar for ten years or longer.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 08/10/2014

The 2011 Lytton Springs is an intriguing wine. It is at once quite tannic, but also medium in body, as most wines are in this vintage. The structure of Petite Sirah is felt in the wine’s tannin. Dusty red cherries, flowers and sweet herbs wrap around the finish. There is a translucency to the 2011 that is highly appealing. In 2011, only 50% of candidate parcels were used in the final blend. The 2011 is 82% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah and 2% Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2015–2031.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 08/08/2014

The 2011 Proprietary Red Lytton Springs (82% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah and 2% Carignan; 14.4% alcohol) was harvested near the end of September. A juicy, rich effort, it displays abundant notes of raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium body, excellent purity, and good weight as well as richness. The strongest effort of these Zinfandel-based wines, it should drink well for 5–6 years.


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Vintage: 2010 03/08/2014

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Zinfandel - 750 ml


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Vintage: 2010 05/06/2013

2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Zinfandel - 750 ml


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Vintage: 2010 10/22/2014

Wine red 2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel USA Region: California Apellation: Sonoma Zinfandel 750 ml Free Shipping Insurance


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 02/04/2012

The 2007 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan; 14.4% alcohol) exhibits a similar dark ruby/purple hue as well as more black fruits and spice in the impressive aromatics. It is a fuller-bodied, richer wine with beautiful texture, purity, and length. Enjoy it over the next 7ndash;10 years


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