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Starts out with an earthy, gamy, leathery character, then pulls itself together, offering ripe cherry, plum and raspberry fruit to complement the e... Read more
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... Read more
A vineyard blend that included 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane, 4% Mataro and 1% Alicante Bouschet. Meaty, funky and ripe, with intense fruit, lots ... Read more
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Starts out with an earthy, gamy, leathery character, then pulls itself together, offering ripe cherry, plum and raspberry fruit to complement the earthy components. Drink now through 2007.
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.
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.
An exceptional offering from Ridge's portfolio is the 1999 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red Wine. This superb blend of 70% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignan, and 3% Mataro boasts a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet bouquet of jammy berries, and a hint of raspberries as well as strawberries. Elegant and full-bodied, with layers of flavor, superb purity, a subtle dosage of American oak, and a full, long finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years.
Firm, focused and concentrated, with a classy array of black plum, black cherry, cola, coffee, chocolate, blackberry, vanilla, spice and herb flavors. The wine is silky smooth, ripe and luxuriously long on the finish.
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.
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.
Harried by both heat & rain, the 2006 vintage focused the minds &necessitated strict selection to blend the 80% Zinfandel, 16% PetiteSirah/Durif 4% Carignane fruit, grown on the stony, alluvial soils of the DryCreek Valley. The result is a rich, vibrant damson & blueberry medium/fullbodied wine with plenty of succulence & stamina. Aged for 15 mths in 22%new US barrels, this wine is drinking now till 2016. (David Berry-Green - BBR Buyer)
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