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Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2010

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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.

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The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name... Read more
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and zinfandel account for most of the production; syrah, grenache, carignane, and petite sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs

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Snooth User: EMark
8478049,106
3.00 5
07/05/2013

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.


Snooth User: EMark
8478049,106
3.50 5
04/06/2014

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.


Snooth User: pboss
1443772475
4.00 5
03/22/2014

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.


Snooth User: jspigar
74889138
4.50 5
01/30/2011

smooth slightly sweet dry finish

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External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs

External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
12/08/2012

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.


External Review
10/27/2012

2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Zinfandel - 750 ml


External Review
10/16/2008

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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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.

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