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Ridge Lytton Springs 2010

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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.

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

Editorial Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,768
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
89065219,768
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
89065219,768
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
89065219,768
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
89065219,768
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: EMark
8478046,882
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/23/2013

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.


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

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,882
3.50 5
01/01/2014

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.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
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3.50 5
09/28/2014

Cool season vintage. Tart red fruit with soft tannins and a long finish. Almost european in style.


Snooth User: mfdiva
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5.00 5
03/19/2013

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.

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  • Snooth User: EMark
    8478046,882
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 12/01/2011

    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


    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 08/10/2014

    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.


    External Review
    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.


    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.


    External Review
    Source: Luxurious Drinks
    05/06/2013

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


    External Review
    Source: Luxurious Drinks
    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


    External Review
    Source: Luxurious Drinks
    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 09/02/2011

    An exceptional offering from Ridge's portfolio is the 1999 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red Wine. This superb blend of 70% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignan, and 3% Mataro boasts a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet bouquet of jammy berries, and a hint of raspberries as well as strawberries. Elegant and full-bodied, with layers of flavor, superb purity, a subtle dosage of American oak, and a full, long finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years.


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    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.

    Closure: Cork

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    Alcohol: 14.4%

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