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Ridge 'Lytton Springs' 2011
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
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.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Ridge 'Lytton Springs'
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.
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.
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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