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93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: Ripe, but not overly so, and carefully crafted with a certain claret-like polish that ...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 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
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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 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 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
Equally superb is the 2001 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red, a blend of 76% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan (14.7% alcohol). I was knocked out by multiple dimensions and combination of of jammy briery raspberry and currant fruit intermingled with licorice, spice, and pepper. Its dense purple color is accompanied by a rich, full-bodied palate presentation, and a long, seamless finish. Enjoy this outrageously delicious Zinfandel over the next 5ndash;6 years.
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.
This starts with the sweetness of Dry Creek zin, with plush, candied red fruit that turns savory as tannins darken the wine into the finish. It ends with lovely briskness, a fine balance between the fruit sweetness and the tannin. With age, the earthy complexities of the wine should evolve.
75% Zinfandel with 20% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Bright, dark red. Superripe aromas of plum, blackcurrant, espresso and chocolate; distinctly port-like with aeration. Fat, dense, silky and sweet, but youthfully slightly medicinal flavors are not yet expressing themselves. Intensely flavored and serious, with considerable aging potential.
Another Ridge classic, the deep ruby/purple-colored 1998 Litton Springs (14.3% alcohol; 77% zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 4% Matero, 2% Carignan and 1% Alicante) boasts a sweet nose of briery fruit intermixed with red and black currants, minerals, pepper and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, with dried Provençal herb characteristics that emerge with airing, this fleshy, beautifully pure, and stunningly proportioned Zinfandel can be drunk now as well as over the next 5-6 years.
A fine vintage for Lytton Springs, this shows off the intensity of the vineyard's ancient vines. It's bright and bold, sappy and intense, a saturated black wine that grows increasingly fragrant as it takes on air. Enjoy now with brisket, or cellar for eight to ten years, when the complexity will be that much more apparent.
Without the stamp of one particular varietal, this wine manages to provide complex, well-integrated, spicy plum and wild berry and taosty, cedary oak. A touch hot on the finish, but it's rich and intense, with lots of power and flavor. Drink now through 2003. A blend: 78 percent Zinfandel, 19 percent Petite Sirah, 2 percent Carignane, 1 percent Grenache.
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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