Ridge is one of California's older wineries. Established on Monte Bello Ridge planted in the 1880s, Ridge sprung to life in the 1960s and went on to win international awards just a few years later. Today, Ridge has vineyards all over California and produces a variety of top-flight wines. Made from old vines planted on the hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, this extremely limited bottling of Lytton Springs is a blend of 74% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, and 6% Carignane that will drink well over the next two decades. We got just one case of this classic wine -- collectors were scooping it up as soon as it was released. There are a few bottles left, so buy while you can.
Flavor Profile: Full-bodied, dry. A big, balanced, earthy Zin with lots of dense black fruit on the nose and palate. The structured, oaky finish shows tar, licorice, and spice notes. Pair Lytton Springs with all your favorite winter dishes as well as steaks, roasts, and game.
Despite welcome late-spring rains, the growing season got off to an early start in 2009. Significant heat throughout July ripened the grapes for harvest in early September. The vineyard's thirty-four parcels were picked separately, fermented on their natural yeasts, and were pressed at dryness. In blind tastings following natural malolactic, we chose twenty-three of the lots to exemplify the vintage. The propor- tion of new oak was reduced slightly, to allow full expression of the wine's fruit and inherent elegance. Enjoyable upon release, this opulent?though structured?Lytton Springs will evolve over the next ten to fifteen years.
Briary and a bit untamed, but appealing for its cherry and dill aromas and well-structured wild berry, underbrush and cedar flavors. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Drink now through 2017. 9,500 cases made.
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. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2029.
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