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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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
89065211,221
3.50 5
11/02/2013

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
8478045,968
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
11/15/2010

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
41683936
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
11/26/2011

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

The Lytton Springs Proprietary Red Wine (14.9% alcohol) exhibits a saturated purple color in addition to sumptuous aromas of truffles, licorice, loamy soil, blackberry liqueur, and cherries. There are layers of concentration, sweet glycerin in the mid-palate, and a blockbuster, concentrated, opulently-textured finish. It should drink well for six years.


External Review
09/02/2011

A vineyard blend that included 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane, 4% Mataro and 1% Alicante Bouschet. Meaty, funky and ripe, with intense fruit, lots of earthy, barnyard accents, and a long, tannic finish. This is old style Zin, no holds barred, with full-throttle flavors for aficionados.


External Review
09/02/2011

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 5-6 years.


External Review
09/02/2011

Excellent structure, with tight, mineral-edged tannins and a core of zesty wild berry and black cherry flavors that are firm and concentrated. It's almost Bordeaux-like in its balance and restraint. Drink now through 2009.


External Review
03/12/2010

From winemaker Paul Draper comes a truly iconic Zinfandel. For several decades, the Lytton Springs vineyard in Sonoma County has been the source for these well-balanced, pure, and age-worthy bottlings. While rambunctious in their youth, a few years of cellaring brings out layers of flavors and an elegant quality very rarely found in California Zinfandel.


External Review
09/02/2011

The famed 2004 Zinfandel Lytton Springs (a 12,000-case blend of 79% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, and 3% Carignane) tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. This elegantly-styled Zin reveals a dark ruby/purple color, notes of crushed rocks, black raspberries, and sweet oak, a distinctive minerality, sweet fruit, decent acidity, wonderful definition as well as freshness, and an excellent, long finish. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. This venerable producer, with as fine a track record as any winery in the world, continues to turn out high quality Zinfandels.


External Review
09/02/2011

Smooth, rich and polished, with a pretty array of black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and plum. Elegant, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2004.


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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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