Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2007

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Of the 2007 Lytton Springs Ridge writes: "After a dry winter and spring, budbreak came early. Despite the lack of spr...

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  • W&S: 91

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Stemmy, herbal and complex on the nose which retains plenty of fresh fruit while showing wonderful integration of the oak. On entry this shows a li... Read more

71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane. Deep dark color. Wonderful fruity nose. Not as full-bodied on the palate as I might have expected.... Read more

Decanted 4 hours, Raspberries and cedar on the nose, bright concentrated flavor on the palate, notes of red bramble fruit and hazelnuts. Finish o... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065198,358
3.50 5
11/03/2013

Stemmy, herbal and complex on the nose which retains plenty of fresh fruit while showing wonderful integration of the oak. On entry this shows a little caramelly and dried plummy fruit character, soft, then brightening on the palate it’s definitely showing some evolved fruit here, all dark and deep small berried black fruit, with the tannins fairly resolved. With it’s savory liquorice and minty notes this tastes Italian. Drink up. 87pts


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Snooth User: EMark
8478045,287
4.00 5
12/01/2011

71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane. Deep dark color. Wonderful fruity nose. Not as full-bodied on the palate as I might have expected. Nice blackberry flavor. Nice, not overly acid. Very little tannin. I do not think this will be a that wants a lot of age. Drink it now. US$24.99 at Total Wine


Snooth User: atonalprime
1577901,412
4.00 5
11/16/2010

Decanted 4 hours, Raspberries and cedar on the nose, bright concentrated flavor on the palate, notes of red bramble fruit and hazelnuts. Finish of cherries and cranberries with notes of aged gouda. Great balance and mouthfeel. Still a fair bit of tannin. Good acid.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,199
4.00 5
05/03/2010

Bright jammy nose of brambly red fruit. Nice, pleasant mouthfeel. Nice balance and finish. - Tasted at Ridge Lytton Springs 4/21/10


Snooth User: ehrenfrd
83800139
4.00 5
05/22/2010

Really enjoyed this one. Big bountiful nose -- lots of red fruits, with a hint of tobacco. Tasting, this hits big on the front end with strawberries and blackberries, the mid-palate is creamy and thick with a hint of chocolate and a bit of tobacco. The finish is loooong on this one. Loved it.


Snooth User: SArmour21
90619687
4.00 5
08/11/2011

This is another wonderful Zinfandel offering from Ridge. Beautiful royal purple colored, it is rich, supple, and full-bodied with delicious spice, blackberry, and dark fruit flavors.


Snooth User: larrythek
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3.50 5
04/19/2010

My local store had this available for $14 per half-bottle - definitely worth a try. In a blind tasting, I'm not sure I'd pick it out as a zin-based wine. Tho full-bodied and flavorful, it's fairly soft and smooth. A subdued version of the brambly tart berry fruit I usually associate with zins - maybe it's due to the P. Sirah (22%) and Carignane (7%) which is added to the zin (71%). Tho it's quite dry, there's a bit of an off-sweet mid-palate. It's a very good, flavorful wine, at a not unreasonable price for Ridge quality.


Snooth User: msvenice
98174523
3.50 5
11/27/2011

It's been a while since I tried this, but I only make note of the wines that impress me. I tried this one in a flight at Cru. It was great!


External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs

External Review
09/02/2011

($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.


External Review
09/02/2011

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.


External Review
09/02/2011

One of the most famous names in Zinfandel-land is Lytton Springs, and Ridge'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 5-6 years.


External Review
09/02/2011

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.


External Review
09/02/2011

Balanced, rich and dramatic, this is another successful vintage for a wine that defines Sonoma Zin at its ripe, spicy best. Succulent in the mouth, brimming with black raspberry, cherry and black pepper flavors. Finishes dry and with great length, an extraordinary Zin from a great vineyard and producer.


External Review
09/02/2011

Deep red. Sweet dark berry and kirsch scents are complicated by musky herbs, dried flowers and minerals, with a suave undercurrent of oak spice contributing sweetness. Powerful cassis and bitter cherry flavors are firmed by youthful tannins, which add grip to the finish. Possesses the focus, balance and concentration to repay a decade or more in the cellar.


External Review
09/02/2011

A walk on the wild side, with earthy, funky sour cherry, tar and jammy notes. Offers plenty of depth, but the flavors keep you off balance. Best to cellar short term and keep your fingers crossed. Best form 2003 through 2008.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Of the 2007 Lytton Springs Ridge writes: "After a dry winter and spring, budbreak came early. Despite the lack of spring rain, temperate summer weather mitigated vine stress and created ideal ripening conditions. At veraison, we dropped a quarter of the young zinfandel. A warm August ripened the fruit earlier than expected, and we harvested the thirtyfour parcels as flavors developed fully, fermenting each separately on its natural yeasts. Color and tannin extracted easily, reducing maceration time to seven days, on average. After malolactic, we chose twenty-one lots for this year's wine. Aged for fifteen months in air-dried american oak, this classic Lytton Springs is remarkable for its richness, balance, and elegant texture. It will soften and gain complexity over the next ten years."

Of the 2007 Lytton Springs Ridge writes: "After a dry winter and spring, budbreak came early. Despite the lack of spring rain, temperate summer weather mitigated vine stress and created ideal ripening conditions. At veraison, we dropped a quarter of the young zinfandel. A warm August ripened the fruit earlier than expected, and we harvested the thirtyfour parcels as flavors developed fully, fermenting each separately on its natural yeasts. Color and tannin extracted easily, reducing maceration time to seven days, on average. After malolactic, we chose twenty-one lots for this year's wine. Aged for fifteen months in air-dried american oak, this classic Lytton Springs is remarkable for its richness, balance, and elegant texture. It will soften and gain complexity over the next ten years."

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