Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2006
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)
External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs
A zesty spice bomb of a Zinfandel, with boysenberry, ripe cherry, licorice and roasted herb notes and long, deep flavors that build toward firm, cedary tannins on the finish. Best from 2008 through 2012.
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.
The 2007 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan; 14.4% alcohol) exhibits a similar dark ruby/purple hue as well as more black fruits and spice in the impressive aromatics. It is a fuller-bodied, richer wine with beautiful texture, purity, and length. Enjoy it over the next 7-10 years
A classic vintage at Lytton Springs, this '99 frames all the complexities offered up by the ancient vines on these rolling, Dry Creek Valley hills. The field blend of Zinfandel with Petite Sirah (17%), Carignane (10%) and Mataro (3%) builds the deep scent of currants, of blackberries in compote, of the warmth of the soil and the sweetness of the sun. Alcohol lifts it, but it's no match for the succulence of the fruit, for its refined beauty, its tight grip. This is one of the most evocative wines you'll find from California, a liquid portrait of a vineyard, of viens with enough history to pack their grapes with flavors from deep in the soil. Of a season that challenged those low-yielding vines to perform at their peak. Buy a case before those $100-a-bottle Cabernet drinkers get a clue.
Bright ruby. High-toned aromas of blackberry and fruitcake. Juicy, creamy-sweet and firmly built, with terrific intensity of tangy berry fruit. High-toned, youthful and firmly tannic wine with a piquant finishing flavor of pomegranate.
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.
($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.
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