93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: Ripe, but not overly so, and carefully crafted with a certain claret-like polish that ...Read more...
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Deep dark purple int eh glass, although somewhat murky. Berry/woody on the nose--pretty much what you expect here. Multiple sensations on the pal... Read more
Enjoyed this at a Ridge tasting last weekend, and am already revisiting at home. Nose is pretty well shut upon opening, but some floral notes and ... Read more
On the nose, I found blackberry, sweet spice, whiffs of vanilla cream soda and powdered sugar. On the palate, it was rich yet balanced with juicy b... Read more
Deep dark purple int eh glass, although somewhat murky. Berry/woody on the nose--pretty much what you expect here. Multiple sensations on the palate. Initially, blackberryish fruit, but as the wine spreads through the mouth, here comes the tannin. Mild acid. Very pleasant aftertaste. This is my kind of big-mouthful Zinfandel, and I'm looking forward to having it with tonights grilled steak, but I'm also glad that I have more in the cellar. There are a lot of components that will harmonize better as the years go by. US$26.99 at Total Wine last summer.
Enjoyed this at a Ridge tasting last weekend, and am already revisiting at home. Nose is pretty well shut upon opening, but some floral notes and red fruit do show. What really stands out is the vibrant and abundant acidity that coats the palate. Really nice medium bodied texture to this wine, with a good core of underlying red fruit. Green notes and spice become more prevalent on a good, persistent finish. Very well made, and balanced wine. As good or better than I remembered. 91-92 points.
On the nose, I found blackberry, sweet spice, whiffs of vanilla cream soda and powdered sugar. On the palate, it was rich yet balanced with juicy blackberry jam and nice structure. The finish is long as the fruit lingers on the palate for half a minute. I found myself on the ledge o scoring this 89 or 90, but in the end, I went with the former, because as good as this is, I felt it needed a little more complexity to break 90 points.
Excellent. 'Nuff said. Brought this to a family BBQ last night. Everyone wanted to know where they could get some. I don't have notes, I just know that out of 6 or 7 bottles of wine opened last night this one stole the show.
External Reviews for Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley
Deep ruby. Heavily oak-influenced at the outset, showing candied dark berries, cherry-cola, bourbon and vanilla scents, along with notes of clove and incense. Extended aeration helps to dissipate the oak notes and allows sweet raspberry and blueberry fruit to emerge on the palate. Soft tannins add support but quickly fade into the sweet, velvety fruit on the finish. If you plan on opening this any time soon, give it a few hours in a decanter.
Bright spice drives through the complex dark fruit of this old-vine blend, which includes petite sirah (16 percent) and carignane (4). There's some funk to it that reads like Brett, but it hasn't taken over the wine. The zesty acidity makes it more versatile than most zins, especially with roast turkey or duck with cherries.
A whiff of juicy wild berry and balsamic commingles with a touch of prune, floral and wild berry flavors. A zesty, spirited wine with intensity and suppleness, finishing with a touch of cedar, charcoal and smoky wood. Firmly tannic. Drink now through 2009.
A zesty spice bomb of a Zinfandel, with boysenberry, ripe cherry, licorice and roasted herb notes and long, deep flavors that build toward firm, cedary tannins on the finish. Best from 2008 through 2012.
The Lytton Springs Proprietary Red Wine (14.9% alcohol) exhibits a saturated purple color in addition to sumptuous aromas of truffles, licorice, loamy soil, blackberry liqueur, and cherries. There are layers of concentration, sweet glycerin in the mid-palate, and a blockbuster, concentrated, opulently-textured finish. It should drink well for six years.
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
One of the most famous names in Zinfandel-land is Lytton Springs, and Ridgersquo;s 2002 Lytton Springs (75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, and 5% Carignan) boasts a deep ruby/purple hue along with a big, sweet nose of briery, blueberry, and blackberry fruit, full body, good acidity, and notions of pepper, loamy earth, and licorice. While this beauty will undoubtedly last a decade, it should be at its finest over the next 5ndash;6 years.
93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: Ripe, but not overly so, and carefully crafted with a certain claret-like polish that is the Ridge signature, this year's Lytton Springs bottling is a deep, very well-focused wine that keys on varietal berries with complexing notes of dusty and dry spice lending a little more range than everyday Zinfandel gets. It is nicely balanced with a fine spine of tannins for grip but maintains its sense of finesse and composure right to the end, and, if not so astringent that it cannot be enjoyed now, it is built to get better for several years and will hold for many more. (Jan 2011)
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