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Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2010
Ridge made their first wine from this historic vineyard in 1972. Located on the benchland and rolling hills between Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, it is just north of Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. Today Lytton East and West, purchased by Ridge in the early nineties, are separated by several small residential parcels. In the 1870s, under 'Captain' William Litton's ownership, they were part of one property; the spelling evolved into 'Lytton' by 1903. The vineyard is planted primarily to Zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals: they include Petite Sirah, Carignane, a small amount of Mataro (Mourvedre), and century-old Grenache. After years of including 'zinfandel' in a prominent position on the front label, Ridge ceased to use it in 1993, instead placing the focus on the distinctive character of the site itself.
Fairly spicy nose, also some woody notes. Very fruity, for a Lytton Springs, on the front of the palate--raspberry. Very noticeable tannin around the edges. Also some bitter notes at the back of the palate. An OK wine, but not what I normally expect from Lytton Springs.
Something of a sour viney nose. I'm not getting much fruit flavor on the palate at all. Super stark drying sensation, mostly. I may require more air. A bit bitter on the back of the palate. I like the lack of fruitiness, but you have to really like lean wines to enjoy this one. US$27.99 at Packing House Wine Merchants in Claremont. Amendment 6/6/2014: I am pleased to report that on Day 2, this wine had undergone significant changes. It is now much rounder and shows very nice blackberry fruit. I am upgrading my Snooth rating to 3-1/2 chalices. I have another bottle of this and look forward to trying it a few years from now.
Predominantly Zinfandel wine from Ridge. Excellent wine! Fruit forward and jammy on the front with lots of pepper and zinfandel character showing through on the backend. Leather and smoke throughout. Long delicious finish.
smooth slightly sweet dry finish
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2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Zinfandel - 750 ml
Intense aromas of pepper, floral (lilys), vanilla and bacon fat. Focused blackberry fruit on the palate balanced by full but elegant tannins, firm acidity and a minerally finish.
The oldest petite sirah vines on our Lytton Estate were planted in 1901 and the youngest in 1998. We made our first wine from the property in 1972 and until 2002 when we bottled portions of the petite sirah as a separate wine for a limited release, it had always been included in the Lytton Springs Zinfandel.
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.
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