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The nose showed dark brooding berry fruit with vanilla, cinnamon, cherry tobacco and a bit of varnish. On the palate it was smooth with a full velv... Read more
light yet intensely flavored. Tasted red fruit, sweet spices, and coffee. Zingy, since it has high alcohol. Read more
Food Pairings for Ridge Zinfandel Blend Dry Creek Valley Lytton Springs
smooth slightly sweet dry finish
The nose showed dark brooding berry fruit with vanilla, cinnamon, cherry tobacco and a bit of varnish. On the palate it was smooth with a full velvety body and flavors of black raspberry jam, minerals and bark. The long finish showed dried cherry fruit. Beautiful!
light yet intensely flavored. Tasted red fruit, sweet spices, and coffee. Zingy, since it has high alcohol.
Not the darkest Ridge Zin that I've ever seen in the glass. Woody bouquet, with, maybe, some hints of oxidation. Initial palate sensation was alcohol taste--noticeable sweetness that I would normally attribute to alcohol. In the back of the tongue/palate I get some blackberry flavors that I often associate with Zinfandel. Tannins apparent, but controlled. Air seems to help this wine. Also I am looking forward to having this with grilled rosemary and balsamic vinegar marinaded flank steak in a little while. US$24.99 at WIne Club in Santa Ana in 2004.
[Shake Shack] Huge oak, vanilla, alcoholic, red berry. A bad bottle though not corked. Will write it off to a combo of the 375ml bottle and storage.
[Stromboli] Blueberry on the nose. Not overly tannic. Light for a Zin, esp a Ridge. Pepper, jammy, clove, licorice, a little earthy. Started a little tight would recommend giving it 2 hours to open up. I think that my last sip was the best.
Currant jammy nose. More complex. Complete balance. Ton on tip of tongue.
External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Blend Dry Creek Valley Lytton Springs
2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Zinfandel - 750 ml
Ridge 06 Zinfandel Lytton Springs 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 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. JO (1/08) Tasting Notes - July 2008 Nose: Intense black cherry, mint, vanilla, chapparal, pepper, tar and mineral notes. Palate: Sweet raspberry, plums, full, great depth with very elegant tannins, approachable but will soften and open up even more with age.
Bright spice drives through the complex dark fruit of this old-vine blend, which includes petite sirah (16 percent) and carignane (4). There's some funk to it that reads like Brett, but it hasn't taken over the wine. The zesty acidity makes it more versatile than most zins, especially with roast turkey or duck with cherries.
An unusual vintage of Lytton Springs, this has a distinctive coolness to the fruit, partly expressed as a foresty flavor, and partly in a refreshing edge that recalls kiwi or peach. Peppery and purely zin, this would be delicious with the teriyaki ribs at Oolah in San Francisco.
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 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.
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.
Talk about your wine cellar depth charges. This monster sized truck of a wine is now in a monster sized truck of a bottle.This HUGE bottle will age nicely for > 7 years in your cellar. Pull it out for those bar mitzfahs, weddings, divorces or any other large gathering. Be sure to have a lot of bbq beef to go along with it.The winery says:"Lytton Springs bottlings are generally perceived as quintessential zinfandel, which is true, as far as it goes. On the Ridge Lytton Estate (East), zinfandel grows atop seven hills; petite sirah surrounds the zin on six, grenache on the seventh an unusual configuration. There is some interplanting. Lytton Estate (West) is a magnificent hodgepodge of grapes, including more zinfandel, which seems so at home here. The wines are classic Dry Creek Valley. They show the potent, ripe boysenberry and blackberry of old-vine Sonoma zinfandel, notes of leaf and briar, and the intricacy of multiple varietals. Acid and tannin are firm, yet not overwhelming; in youth, at least, fruit predominates. These balanced, powerful zins become more nuanced with age."
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