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Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2011

Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2011

Sku: 130984

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 (Mourvèdre), 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.

This classic Lytton Springs was barrel aged for fifteenmonths. Approachable now, it has the structure to be cellared and enjoyed over the next ten years.

2009: 95 Points - Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds, largely owing to the earthier soils and the presence 23% Petite Sirah. Black fruit, plums, tar, licorice and smoke are some of the notes that flow from this generous, inviting red. The Lytton Springs is fairly structured, and can definitely benefit from another year or two (perhaps more) in bottle. The blend is 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane."

2009: 93 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: "Opaque purple. Dark berries, cherry compote, licorice and vanilla on the aromatic nose. Ripe and fleshy, with powerful blackberry and bitter cherry flavors showing very good depth and intensity. Turned smokier and sweeter with air, finishing with excellent thrust and length. This really deserves at least a few more years of cellaring and should age slowly and positively for years."

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