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Sherry-Lehmann USD 46.95 750ml

Ridge Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2015

Winemaker's Notes:

"Briary and subtly potent, with floral black raspberry and licorice aromas and zesty, well-built dark cherry, smoky anise and pepper flavors that finish with ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mourvèdre. Best from 2019 through 2024." --The Wine Spectator*Wine Spectator rated: 92 pts.*

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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 Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Lytton Springs Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/06/2012

A nose dominated by creamy vanilla oak, ash and leather shows faint hints of wild raspberry and dried strawberry fruit. On entry, this is smooth and seamless, a bit creamy and a touch soft for my palate, but it does deliver slow to build yet beautifully balanced flavors of plum, black cherry and a nice nutty accent. There is a lot of oak here, no doubt about that, and the oak tannins are a bit out of balance today, but this has the balance to age well for quite a long time. There’s a nice richness to the underlying fruit and already an emerging complexity accenting the plum, blueberry and boysenberry fruit on the back end. Elegant and finely balanced, though this needs 2-4 years for the wood to integrate. 89pts


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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,355
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/04/2012

Very big nose--somewhat spicy, maybe something like berry preserves, some earth. Multidimension in the mouth. A little berry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but the initial impression is softness, not blockbuster Zin. Velvety smooth as it travels over the palate, but then with some tannin around the edges. Nice lingering finish. US$26.99 at Total Wines


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,355
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/19/2014

Very pleasant, mouth-filling wine. Not a wild over-the-top PS. A very tame, civilized in-the-claret-style wine. Very tame berry flavors, some earthiness and it takes a couple sips for the tanning to sneak up on you. My guess is that this wine could age for several years, but it it excellent right now. US$27.99 at Ti Time in Costa Mesa.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/02/2012

Very strong jammy plummy aromas. Some gamey meats and iron. Solid acidity on the palate with nice dark fruit components.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,230
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/17/2012

The nose showed red wild berries, a dusting of cinnamon sugar, hints of minerals and herbs, and a whiff of dark baker’s chocolate. On the palate, it was beautifully balanced and elegant with a firm start and juicy finish. Ripe red and blue fruits went from sweet to tart as it flowed across the palate. The finish was long and spicy. (92 points)


Snooth User: MJRisenhoover
132403370
0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/15/2012

On the nose, delightful notes of black cherry, tar and licorice that is a welcomed precursor to the taste. Just the right amount of fruit with a dash of pepper and a good amount of acidity and lip tickling tannins lead me to believe this wine will age well and be even more drinkable in ten years or more.


Snooth User: Ivesreeves
1163949182
1.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/30/2012

I've read many positive reviews for this wine across a number of wine blogs. My experience differs from the consensus and has me doubting my own connoisseurship. A flat, uncomplicated nose. But plenty of immediate zip on palate, bursting with plum tart cookie, strawberry and canned cranberry. All good and well but oakiness turns off the fruit almost immediately. Certainly not the vinyardian wizardry we've come to expect from Ridge. This wine may just need more time. Buy at your own peril.


Snooth User: minocencio
1383861749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/28/2013

Four glasses


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External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Lytton Springs Zinfandel

External Review
09/20/2017

Lytton Springs is home to 100 plus-year-old zinfandel vines interplanted with Petite Sirah, Carignane, a small amount of Mataro (Mourvèdre), and Grenache. For more than three decades the field blend from this site has produced the quintessential example of Dry Creek Valley zinfandel. Lytton Springs is a prime example of Ridge's commitment to championing Heritage varietals - varietals planted more than a century ago, and surviving in numerous locations. They honor the individual character of these vines by fermenting each variety and each lot separately using natural yeast fermentation, letting the wines undergo natural malolactic, and employing minimal egg white fining. This 2015 vintage is 74% Zinfandel,16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane and 2% Mataro (Mourvedre) aged 14 months in American oak barrels. Connoisseurs Guide scored this 95 points saying "Petite Sirah's expressive personality contributes both spicy and strong structural elements to the dominant Zinfandel portion here, and it all adds up to a young, highly promising bottling with well-concentrated, fully fruited aromas and flavors. Indeed, there is so much to like that, despite its tannic load, this boldly stated wine will drink very nicely now with savory beef or lamb roasts, yet its true brilliance lies some years in the future, and we will happily lay some away for five to ten years in the full expectation that both range and sophistication will grow and grow."


External Review
Vintage: 2013 02/12/2016

Lytton Springs is home to 100 plus-year-old zinfandel vines interplanted with Petite Sirah, Carignane, a small amount of Mataro (Mourvèdre), and Grenache. For more than three decades the field blend from this site has produced the quintessential example of Dry Creek Valley zinfandel. Lytton Springs is a prime example of Ridge's commitment to championing Heritage varietals - varietals planted more than a century ago, and surviving in numerous locations. They honor the individual character of these vines by fermenting each variety and each lot separately using natural yeast fermentation, letting the wines undergo natural malolactic, and employing minimal egg white fining. This 2013 vintage latest release is a blend of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane and 2% Mataro. The wine was aged 14 months in American oak barrels, 20% new. Antonio Galloni scored it 95 saying " The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the glass, the 2013 boasts tons of inky blue/purplish fruit, mocha, spices, new leather, lavender and licorice. Readers will have to give the Lytton Springs at least a few years to shed some baby fat, but it is nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage. Once again, the team at Ridge has produced an absolutely compelling Lytton Springs. The 16% Petite Sirah in the blend adds an unmistakable air of gravitas." Limited!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Thrifty consumers will no doubt get a juicy charge from the 2004 three Valleys, a 15,000-case proprietary blend of 68% Zinfandel, 11% Carignane, 10% Syrah, and the rest Petite Sirah and Grenache. A pretty, elegant wine with lush raspberry and black cherry fruit, a seductive texture, medium body, 14.1% alcohol. and beautiful integration of acidity, wood, and tannin, it should drink well for 2ndash;3 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Itrsquo;s bright and tasty. I definitely donrsquo;t like as lot of zins; usually the color is so dense that canrsquo;t even see through it. Here, the alcohol is low enough. Itrsquo;s very refreshing for a zinfandel, not at all over the top. It has some carignan, which seems to lighten it up a bit.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 03/22/2012

The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds, largely owing to the earthier soils and the presence 23% Petite Sirah. Black fruit, plums, tar, licorice and smoke are some of the notes that flow from this generous, inviting red. The Lytton Springs is fairly structured, and can definitely benefit from another year or two (perhaps more) in bottle. The blend is 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

One of the friendliest Ridge zins wersquo;ve tasted in a long time, this is exuberant and focused on fresh black cherry flavors. It has a cool, foresty feel to balance the tannins and their lasting spice. Give those tannins anything meaty, especially slow-smoked ribs.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/18/2011

The 2008 Three Valleys is 74% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignan, 4% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, and 3% Grenache. Perhaps I should hold this review back for my Zinfandel report, but it seems to have enough Rhone Ranger grapes in it to include. Moreover, I really like the wine. Dark ruby, with loads of berry fruit and spice, as well as a hint of pepper, the wine is medium-bodied, spicy, and earthy, with some background oak. It is an attractive wine to drink over the next 2-3 years.


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"Briary and subtly potent, with floral black raspberry and licorice aromas and zesty, well-built dark cherry, smoky anise and pepper flavors that finish with ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mourvèdre. Best from 2019 through 2024." --The Wine Spectator*Wine Spectator rated: 92 pts.*

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