Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2006
2006 Lytton Springs Vineyard, bottled April 2008 After long, hard rains in March, budbreak came by mid-April. In late July, extreme temperatures sunburned the west-facing blocks. These are planted predominantly to petite sirah, which took the highest loss. Veraison was late, and light rains further slowed maturation. We thinned the damaged clusters, and harvested the remaining fruit, fully ripe, between mid-September and mid-October. As tannin developed, we reduced pumpovers, and pressed at dryness on day nine. After read more... a natural malolactic, twenty of the thirty-four blocks were selected for the 2006. This classic Lytton Springs was barrel aged for a full fifteen months. Approachable now, it has the structure to be cellared and enjoyed over the next ten years.
Editorial Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs
Still youthful and fruity on the nose with a fine underlay of fresh spicy wood and vanilla aromas. Still tight, and fairly taut, on the palate this shows off fine balance, this opens with a bit of char then reveals dried cherry fruit, floral tones, red fruit, pomegranate seeds, raspberry, soil tones,and a bit of chocolate all unravelling from the core. Ultimately this is very young but at the same time it is clear and superbly vibrant, briary,and a little inky on the backend, and through the long finish which shows a little nutty, nutella, cocoa character. This is entering its peak drinking window. Enjoy it over the coming 5 years or so. 92pts
This is tight and hard on the nose with some evergreen, balsamic tones that offer contrast to the core of hard candied blackberry fruit. Light on the palate and quite structured with dry tannins and bright acids. There is a core of sweet black raspberry fruit on the finish with a nice hint of coconut cream sweetness, but overall this is hard and ungenerous. 85pts
Young Zin with good fruit. Fruit is line with the wine and not over the top. Had some tannin and chewiness but not at a detriment to the wine.
This is one of my favorites - my "reference" zin!
“Prune” color in the glass. Nose of black berry, but, also, with a sour tinge. Light on the dark berry flavor on entry. In fact, this is definitely the lightest-bodied LS I think I’ve ever had. Again, a sour tinge on the edge of the tongue. Some earthiness mid- to rear palate. I think this one may be well past its prime.
Not a lot of fruit on entry to the mouth—typical LS blackberry notes, but not in your face. Fairly light-bodied for a red (let alone a Ridge LS), but an enjoyable wine to drink. There is still acid backbone, here, but tannins are, pretty much, gone. This one is pretty smooth until I get a slight taste of alcohol at the very back of the palate.
The nose showed a mix of raspberry and blueberry with a dusting of spice and the beginnings of tertiary development. On the palate it was medium-bodied, center focused and with gripping acidity. A mix of sweet crushed berries saturated the senses followed by minty notes. The finish showed an abundance of spice and tannin that clung to the palate.
Light for a sonoma Zin, but well balanced. While I like over the top fruit and in your face wines, this was very nice and approachable. Minerality on the nose with some dense prunes. Good food pairing wine, with good acidity. Decent tannins, that dont overpower the wine, but will allow it to age well. Chewy tannin on the finish and a touch of licorice, but not too much. Nice.
Savory herbs, sage, freshly baked berry pie, dark chocolate, wild berry fruit on the nose. Black, purple and bramble red berry fruit. Sweet candy tones on the palate. Some big alcohol with a cough syrup note. Stewed wild berry compote favors with some fig, plum, bitter chocolate and sweet, dried prune and berry flavors. Some coriander. Spice and both white and black pepper in moderation. Finishes on a Christmas candy note mixed with berry tart. I had to amend this as following the first taste, the wine quickly falls into a flabby, oxidized prune stew. The cork broke upon opening, so perhaps the oxidation had begun and opening it accelerated the process. Unfortunate. 3/16/12
External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs
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 7-10 years
Deep ruby-red. Vivid red and dark berry aromas are complemented by dusty floral and mineral notes, with a suave rose quality gaining power with air. Deep cassis and bitter cherry flavors are energized by tangy minerality, picking up exotic floral pastille and candied licorice nuances on the back end. Smooth and sweet, with fine-grained tannins and a long, sappy finish. This is balanced to reward at least another five to seven years of patience.
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.
Distinctive if unapologetically rustic, with wild berry, licorice and smoky dill aromas and ripe, powerful blueberry, tar and leather flavors wrapped in muscular tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Best from 2010 through 2013.
Sleek yet tight and briary, with tart plum and dill aromas and zesty cherry, anise and earth flavors that finish with a grip of tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Best from 2012 through 2017.
The 1996 Lytton Springs Red Wine (78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan and 1% Grenache) possesses 14.5% alcohol. It boasts the sweetest, jammiest nose, as well as a healthy dark ruby/purple color, full body, robust, chewy flavors, and the best length of these offerings. This expansively-flavored wine should drink well for 5-6 years.