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Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2009
96 points Connoisseurs' Guide: This winery's mastery of Zinfandel is once again evident here, and, if showing the richness and depth that we anticipate from Lytton Springs bottlings, this wine is keenly composed and comes with a little more polish than usual. It is young, it is incisively fruity and it is well-filled, and it forgoes bombast and flashiness for structured precision and great ageability. (Jan 2012)
Editorial Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs
A nose dominated by creamy vanilla oak, ash and leather shows faint hints of wild raspberry and dried strawberry fruit. On entry, this is smooth and seamless, a bit creamy and a touch soft for my palate, but it does deliver slow to build yet beautifully balanced flavors of plum, black cherry and a nice nutty accent. There is a lot of oak here, no doubt about that, and the oak tannins are a bit out of balance today, but this has the balance to age well for quite a long time. There’s a nice richness to the underlying fruit and already an emerging complexity accenting the plum, blueberry and boysenberry fruit on the back end. Elegant and finely balanced, though this needs 2-4 years for the wood to integrate. 89pts
Very pleasant, mouth-filling wine. Not a wild over-the-top PS. A very tame, civilized in-the-claret-style wine. Very tame berry flavors, some earthiness and it takes a couple sips for the tanning to sneak up on you. My guess is that this wine could age for several years, but it it excellent right now. US$27.99 at Ti Time in Costa Mesa.
Very big nose--somewhat spicy, maybe something like berry preserves, some earth. Multidimension in the mouth. A little berry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but the initial impression is softness, not blockbuster Zin. Velvety smooth as it travels over the palate, but then with some tannin around the edges. Nice lingering finish. US$26.99 at Total Wines
Very strong jammy plummy aromas. Some gamey meats and iron. Solid acidity on the palate with nice dark fruit components.
The nose showed red wild berries, a dusting of cinnamon sugar, hints of minerals and herbs, and a whiff of dark baker’s chocolate. On the palate, it was beautifully balanced and elegant with a firm start and juicy finish. Ripe red and blue fruits went from sweet to tart as it flowed across the palate. The finish was long and spicy. (92 points)
On the nose, delightful notes of black cherry, tar and licorice that is a welcomed precursor to the taste. Just the right amount of fruit with a dash of pepper and a good amount of acidity and lip tickling tannins lead me to believe this wine will age well and be even more drinkable in ten years or more.
I've read many positive reviews for this wine across a number of wine blogs. My experience differs from the consensus and has me doubting my own connoisseurship. A flat, uncomplicated nose. But plenty of immediate zip on palate, bursting with plum tart cookie, strawberry and canned cranberry. All good and well but oakiness turns off the fruit almost immediately. Certainly not the vinyardian wizardry we've come to expect from Ridge. This wine may just need more time. Buy at your own peril.
External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs
Exotic aromas of Chinese five-spice, toasty oak and plum lead to concentrated blueberry, tobacco and licorice notes that take on a rustic grip of tannins on the finish. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Grenache and Mataro. Best from 2008 through 2012.
" The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds
Bright medium red. Red berries, rose petal and exotic spices on the nose. Then juicy, peppery and distinctly dry in the mouth, with a leanness to the red berry flavors. Finishes with dusty tannins and a building dryness.
A terrific blend from winemaker Paul Draper, this concoction of 50% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 15% Carignan, 11% Mourvedre, and 9% Grenache tips the scales at 14.1%. A California Rhone Valley look-alike, it boasts loads of raspberry, black cherry, and currant fruit, excellent density, and a sweet, glycerin-imbued mouthfeel offering charm, succulence, and loads of character. This medium to full-bodied, voluptuous, sexy red is ideal for drinking over the next 4-5 years.
Itrsquo;s bright and tasty. I definitely donrsquo;t like as lot of zins; usually the color is so dense that canrsquo;t even see through it. Here, the alcohol is low enough. Itrsquo;s very refreshing for a zinfandel, not at all over the top. It has some carignan, which seems to lighten it up a bit.