Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2007
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."
Editorial Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs
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
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
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.
Bright jammy nose of brambly red fruit. Nice, pleasant mouthfeel. Nice balance and finish. - Tasted at Ridge Lytton Springs 4/21/10
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.
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.
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.
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
Smooth, rich and polished, with a pretty array of black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and plum. Elegant, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Without the stamp of one particular varietal, this wine manages to provide complex, well-integrated, spicy plum and wild berry and taosty, cedary oak. A touch hot on the finish, but it's rich and intense, with lots of power and flavor. Drink now through 2003. A blend: 78 percent Zinfandel, 19 percent Petite Sirah, 2 percent Carignane, 1 percent Grenache.
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