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93+ points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): ...67% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 3% Mataro... Firm ta...Read more...
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 blac... Read more
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 li... Read more
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... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs
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
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
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
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
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
Looking forward to this. Beautiful purple in the glass. Very nice nose--lots of berries and a nice suggestion of caramelly oak. Slides easily over the tongue and gets a bit farther than usual before the Zinfandel bramble and blackberry fruit appear. This wine is the current release and it already seems so elegant. I have to go back to the palate entry and report that there is an effervescent sensation right at the tip the tongue. That is unusual. A big wine, and I'm going to try to buy more. US$27.19 at Total Wine.
Nice dark purple in the glass. Fairly big nose--woody, some berries, some volatility. Pleasant introduction to the palate. Not overwhelming, but some blackberry fruit sneaks up on you. Some tartness around the edges of the tongue. Then there is a hit of some tannin. This is my second review of this wine, and I think I like it better, today, than I did 6 months ago.
Many moons ago a colleague sent 3 cases of this back home after touring wine country. I had never really heard of Zinfandel but became a fan, especially since the bottle was under $10 each. So, now we see the true measure of inflation. Every so often I splurge on this----alas it has almost priced itself out of my reach. I still associate Zin with Ridge after all the others I have tried. It is a class act, and hard to follow.
71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane. Deep dark color. Wonderful fruity nose. Not as full-bodied on the palate as I might have expected. Nice blackberry flavor. Nice, not overly acid. Very little tannin. I do not think this will be a that wants a lot of age. Drink it now. US$24.99 at Total Wine
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.
Bright jammy nose of brambly red fruit. Nice, pleasant mouthfeel. Nice balance and finish. - Tasted at Ridge Lytton Springs 4/21/10
Really enjoyed this one. Big bountiful nose -- lots of red fruits, with a hint of tobacco. Tasting, this hits big on the front end with strawberries and blackberries, the mid-palate is creamy and thick with a hint of chocolate and a bit of tobacco. The finish is loooong on this one. Loved it.
External Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs
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.
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.
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.
2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Zinfandel - 750 ml
Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Zinfandel - 750 ml
The 1996 Lytton Springs Red Wine (78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan and 1% Grenache) possesses 14.5% alcohol. It boasts the sweetest, jammiest nose, as well as a healthy dark ruby/purple color, full body, robust, chewy flavors, and the best length of these offerings. This expansively-flavored wine should drink well for 5-6 years.
Bright ruby-red. Complex, deeply pitched aromas of sappy blackberry, dark chocolate, game, leather and earth. Very full and ripe in the mouth, but with a captivating sappy quality. Flavors of dark berries, violet and spice are lifted by a peppery nuance. In a distinctly sweeter style, and more harmonious than usual at this stage of its evolution. Big, deep and impressively structured; finishes with substantial but ripe tannins. A superb showing.
93+ points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): ...67% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 3% Mataro... Firm tannins frame an expressive core of dark red cherries, flowers and sweet herbs. The inner perfume of Zinfandel resonates on the finish. The 2010 needs time to soften, but it is quite beautiful. Lytton Spring is a much larger site than Geyserville, the choices for lots are much greater, which affords the winemaking team a great deal of flexibility in crafting the final blends. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.
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