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Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2008
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)
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
The 2008 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red, a blend of 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, and 5% Carignan, possesses a deep ruby/purple color and good acidity, and a more closed style than the Geyserville, with a firmer, more restrained overall personality. It should drink well for 7ndash;8 years.
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 Provenccedil;al herb characteristics that emerge with airing, this fleshy, beautifully pure, and stunningly proportioned Zinfandel can be drunk now as well as over the next 5ndash;6 years.
($30; 76% zinfandel, 17% petite sirah and 7% carignane; as with the 2001 Geyserville, this marks the 40th anniversary for this bottling) Saturated, bright ruby-red. Sappy aromas of maraschino cherry, blood orange and nut skin. Thick, creamy and sweet but bright, with a candied raspberry flavor lifted by a floral element. A pliant, layered wine, finishing with ripe tannins.
A fine vintage for Lytton Springs, this shows off the intensity of the vineyardrsquo;s ancient vines. Itrsquo;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.
Firm, focused and concentrated, with a classy array of black plum, black cherry, cola, coffee, chocolate, blackberry, vanilla, spice and herb flavors. The wine is silky smooth, ripe and luxuriously long on the finish.
From Ridge's ancient, head-pruned vines on the rolling hills above Dry Creek, Lytton Springs blasts with flavor in 2001, complex, dark, brooding. Generous on the palate, with hard tannins which are fully ripe, making the finish gravelly, seeming to provide their own mineral scent in the dense aroma. Some panelists objected to the alcohol level in the wine, one warning, "Don't smoke around this wine." This critic, however, found it well within the bounds of the wine's overall structure, a grand portrait of California's terroir in the year 2001.
A classic vintage at Lytton Springs, this '99 frames all the complexities offered up by the ancient vines on these rolling, Dry Creek Valley hills. The field blend of Zinfandel with Petite Sirah (17%), Carignane (10%) and Mataro (3%) builds the deep scent of currants, of blackberries in compote, of the warmth of the soil and the sweetness of the sun. Alcohol lifts it, but it's no match for the succulence of the fruit, for its refined beauty, its tight grip. This is one of the most evocative wines you'll find from California, a liquid portrait of a vineyard, of viens with enough history to pack their grapes with flavors from deep in the soil. Of a season that challenged those low-yielding vines to perform at their peak. Buy a case before those $100-a-bottle Cabernet drinkers get a clue.