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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 74 
ProducerRidge (web)
VarietyZinfandel Blend
VineyardLytton Springs
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationDry Creek Valley
UPC Code(s)744442901005

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2023 (based on 56 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Lytton Springs on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 408 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Korolev_mv on 7/15/2015 & rated 92 points: Неожиданно впечатлило. (1247 views)
 Tasted by fredb on 7/13/2015: Dark red color with limited transparency. Aromas of red berry, blackberry, and some vanilla. Palate has dark fruited tones with black and blue berry notes, some hint of vanilla and spice on a medium finish. This is really well integrated and drinking very well for my tastes at this point. Wears its advertised alcohol well. Drink or hold. (1243 views)
 Tasted by Nealefisher on 7/7/2015 & rated 91 points: Welcome dinner for the Pierces - very nice Zindandel with a strong backbone that paired well with Jambalaya. Not overly complex on its own but pairs nicely with food. (1389 views)
 Tasted by Silveradoup on 7/4/2015 & rated 95 points: From magnum, amazing with smoked brisket! (1346 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 6/24/2015 & rated 91 points: I'll go with the crowd on this one. More claret-like than the Turley's and Carlisles I usually drink. But very smooth, mellow and balanced. Good weeknight drinking. (1702 views)
 Tasted by megropolis on 6/17/2015 & rated 92 points: This is my kind of zin, maybe not as bombastic as some of the Turley's but poised, balanced, and with abv under 15%. Good match to pasta with meat sauce. (1876 views)
 Tasted by wineshaman on 5/2/2015 & rated 91 points: A little funky at first from a PNP, evolved nicely in the glass showing ripe black & blue fruit, rich and concentrated with hints of chocolate and spice, tannins are fully integrated but there is a enough acidity to carry this LS for several more years. No perceivable heat detected from this bottle! (2933 views)
 Tasted by L'enfant sauvage on 4/30/2015: I guess it has only been three years, but I am surprised how consistent my impressions of this wine are, especially given that I had no recollection of the note I wrote back in 2012 until I looked at it here.

At the time I wrote: This is very good for what it is. Heady nose with spice, bramble, and loads of dark fruit on the palate. Impressive, but I think this will convince me that I no longer really enjoy American Zin. This wan't jammy at all and the tannins are integrating nicely, but it was still tiring to drink. These days, I'm happier with a bottle of Fatalone Gioia delle Colle primitivo than I am with this.

I'd probably self edit the comment on U.S. Zin this time around, but not because my tastes have changed any. I found this surprisingly soft, lacking in tannin, and pretty hot. I have nothing but respect for Ridge, but tiring to drink is still the way I would describe this. Maybe I just don't understand Zin's aging curve, but I can't see holding on to my last bottle for very long. (2738 views)
 Tasted by SpoochMan on 4/27/2015 & rated 91 points: The wife and I took a break from our Italian wine binge to try something from CA for a change. This was a nice bottle. It was just a touch disjointed at first, but smoothed out some with 30+ minutes of air. Overall, this is well-made wine. The Petit Verdot really comes through as others have noted. Nice fruit and body with some subtle spice notes. I would have liked a bit more acidity but I would not say it was flabby (although it was compared to most Italian wines). First night we had this along with pesto pasta and grilled chicken/vegetables. The wine was too big for that meal and overpowered it. Second night, we had this with burgers on the grill and that was a nice match. Overall, this is drinking pretty well now but will probably improve a bit over the next 3-4 years. Will probably hold off on my other 2 bottles for awhile. (2856 views)
 Tasted by flussier on 4/11/2015 & rated 93 points: Très beau vin avec un nez très charmeur. Rond, bien balancé, bonne complexité avec des aromes de petit fruit rouge, épice, chocolat, réglisse, fumé et boisé. Une fois décanter 1-2h, les tannins s'assouplisse et il se boit très bien. Parfait pour accompagner la viande. (2869 views)
 Tasted by ianwesley on 2/22/2015 & rated 90 points: First bottle from our case; absolutely lovely and now perfectly ready to drink but with long life ahead (3211 views)
 Tasted by karenlynnvincent on 2/22/2015 & rated 95 points: Perfectly balanced. Great with prime rib, mac n cheese dinner. Nice smokey savory texture. Restrained fruit and beautiful finish. (4112 views)
 Tasted by aidyl on 2/15/2015 & rated 93 points: Pop and pour. 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane. Immediately presented an excellent bouquet of ripe red and black fruit along with hints of licorice and light floral notes. The attack was rich black cherry and raspberry fruit, with a mouth-coating unctuousness. Pepper and spices presented on the mid-palate, as well as during the moderately lingering finish. Velvety tannins are still present, so this finely structured wine could possibly last another 5-7 years with proper cellaring. Noticeably more elegant and restrained when compared to other popular zinfandels which can be characterized as "fruit bombs", the fruit was nonetheless well represented, and the wine was very well received at our zin-tasting dinner. (3495 views)
 Tasted by ClaytonDave on 2/1/2015 & rated 93 points: A fine, spicy zin. PnP. Could use a brief decant but fine without. Red currant on the pallate with a smooth finish. (3361 views)
 Tasted by heythatslife on 1/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Just as delicious as the first bottle. I should have bought a case of this. (3254 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/19/2015 & rated 88 points: sweet and smooth, too much oak. (2597 views)
 Tasted by kayaklady on 1/18/2015 & rated 93 points: agree with the rating that noted camphor on the nose - at least at first. This opened nicely within an hour and was well balanced - good red / black fruit, not jammy, some nice spice, long finish - quite elegant. (2991 views)
 Tasted by Nealefisher on 1/10/2015 & rated 92 points: With bbq pork ribs at dinner with Tedders and Martins. Decanted for 3 hrs prior to drinking. Nice strong red fruit flavors dominate. Light tannins underneath. Will probably continue to drink well. (3012 views)
 Tasted by SKP88 on 1/7/2015 & rated 95 points: One of the best zins I've ever had. (3190 views)
 Tasted by RichardP on 1/6/2015 & rated 93 points: Prune and camphor on the nose. On the palate, black and red berry fruit with black pepper and savory spice. Excellent. (2901 views)
 Tasted by Jamie List on 12/21/2014 & rated 92 points: excellent. Paired well with antipasti (2924 views)
 Tasted by wirelesswine on 11/23/2014: So impressive yet seems a bit closed for business right now. Will hold remaining bottle a few years for sure. (3469 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 11/16/2014 & rated 92 points: had with pizza -spicy sauce and moderately hot Italian sausage. Made more in a Cab style rather then an Amador Co Zin like wine. Love the balance, complex flavors and ability to stand up to moderately spiced foods that Ridge consistently pulls off. This was excellent when released and hasn't missed a beat since. (3453 views)
 Tasted by no leashes on 11/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Smooth black fruit, plum flavors, rich but elegant. Very tasty. (3481 views)
 Tasted by Zoomin Z on 11/5/2014 & rated 92 points: A California zin built like a stiff Bordeaux. From a half bottle. Already has a complex nose evolving from black cherries to sweet fresh plums, showing a substantial amount of alcoholic heat; then followed by a taut coil spring of a medium weight body with solid fruits and a well balanced but strong acidity. On the finish first came baking spices and cinnamon, then dry tannins started to dominate, overpowering a good meat loaf. Very long, in any case. A lot of potential energy in this wine that could hit a stratospherically higher rating in a long time. I have made a promise to myself not to touch my remaining bottles until 5 and then 10 years from now. My rating is purely based on today's enjoyment of this wine, not its future potential. (3743 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #10 (12/4/2011)
(Ridge Lytton Springs) Login and sign up and see review text.   93+ points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
(Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011)
(Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/19/2012)
(Ridge Lytton Springs) Dark red violet color; light raspberry, ripe currant, black currant nose; tasty, youthful, tart black currant, loam palate with medium acidity; needs 4-plus years; medium-plus finish (71% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane; 14.5% alcohol)  90 points
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Producer website | Wikipedia

Ridge Vineyards is a California winery specializing in premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay wines. Ridge produces wine at two winery locations in northern California. The original winery facilities are located at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700 m) on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA near Cupertino, California. The other Ridge winery facilities are at Lytton Springs in the Dry Creek Valley AVA of Sonoma County.

2009 Ridge Lytton Springs

From the wine bottle: 71% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6$ Carignane. 14.5% alcohol by volume. Bottled 2/11. The proportion 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 10-15 yers. (11/10)

Ridge Lytton Springs

In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s, (In the 1870s, under "Captain" William Litton's ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into "Lytton" by 1903.) The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.
First Ridge Lytton Springs®: 1972
Location: The bench and hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, Sonoma County.
Elevation: 80' - 160'
Soils: Varied, with a predominance of gravelly clay; gravelly clay loam on hillsides.
Age of Vines: Lytton East: zinfandel, petite sirah, grenache and carignane planted 1901 (32 acres) and 1910 (11 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1997-1998 (5 acres), Lytton West: zinfandel, petite sirah, carignane, grenache re-planted 1953-1968 (26 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1980's (2.5 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah planted in 1990's (42.8 acres); zinfandel, limited petite sirah, limited carignane, in 2000's (60 acres).
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Climate: Fog in a.m., warm sunny afternoons, breezes in late p.m.
Exposure: Southeasterly
Yields: 1.5 to 3.0 tons per acre
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Lytton Springs

The bench and hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, Sonoma County.


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