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| ||Tasted by CaptainCork on 3/11/2014 & rated 94 points: Deep ruby-red. Gorgeous red berry nose with earthy undertones. On the palate plush, candied red fruits coupled with layered notes of pepper, sweet spices and soy. Rich and opulent, yet very balanced. Retains an elegance that very few Zins achieve. This will keep well for another decade. Absolutely fabulous, together with 2005 my favourite vintage for Lytton Springs. (99 views)|
| ||Tasted by Whidah on 3/11/2014 & rated 92 points: This was a gift so now I have no more. I don't generally enjoy zins but this just blew me away. Beautifully knit with intense berry fragrances perfectly balanced against acid and soft tannins. Paired with seared Alakan salmon and risotto. Odd perhaps but it worked perfectly. (106 views)|
| ||Tasted by CaliRice on 6/19/2013 & rated 93 points: A fantastic bottle of wine. Nice round tannins, fruit and finish. I think this bottle has a few years to go. Great paired with a grilled t-bone. I love ridge.. (1663 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tartiflette on 5/12/2013 & rated 91 points: Still a very good glass of wine, but coming closer to it's end...Wonderful nose and rich, fruity taste. Almost no tanins left. Black berries- and currant, liquorice, tobacco, earth, acetone. medium aftertaste. (1858 views)|
| ||Tasted by CaptainCork on 4/27/2013 & rated 93 points: Warm berry nose (raspberries, red currant) with sweet caramel and some anise. Very harmonious on palate with mellowed tannins and a medium body. Finishes elegant and very long. Brilliant example of a mature Ridge zinfandel blend, perhaps the best I've ever had (we drank the 2004 Ridge Geyserville afterwards which was also very good but not as balanced as the 1999 Lytton Springs). (1940 views)|
| ||Tasted by MichielV on 4/21/2013 & rated 92 points: W roated chicken and spicey sauce. This was terrific wine. Gorgeous nose upon opening. Great nose in the glass, beautiful fresh color of reddish berries. Nose was very balanced. On palate this was a great combination of fruit, tannins, spice. Absolutely in very good spot now. Very good combination with the food. Great finsh of balanced wine. This will live for a few more years! Had the 2000 afterwards which was completely different, much more jammy fruity zin versus a balanced wine. Rudy visiting for dinner. (1905 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tartiflette on 4/13/2013 & rated 90 points: No notes. Good but drink up. Almost no tannins left. (1997 views)|
| ||Tasted by hellowine on 1/27/2013 & rated 91 points: Tasted at NoVA offline last night. Spicy & delicious. (1165 views)|
| ||Tasted by grayfont on 1/26/2013: January 2013 CT Northern Virginia Off-Line "The Inaugural" (AngryPrez's home, Falls Church VA): Bright red fruit and no evidence at all that this had 14 years of age. I generally don't "get" zinfandel but I actually liked this quite a bit - it had an effortless feel to it, whereas most zins feel to me like they are trying too hard. (917 views)|
| ||Tasted by ericindc on 1/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Fantastic zinfandel. Fresh, red fruited nose. Sweet red fruits, unctuous mouth coating middle, dusty tannins, with a slight dryness. Had a "delicious quality" that is hard to pinpoint.|
Tasted at the DC/NOVA offline (790 views)
| ||Tasted by wondersofwine on 10/29/2012 & rated 92 points: Paul Draper's notes say: "Over time, we have noted increased size and structure in the Lytton Springs; the '99 best exemplifies this phenomenon to date. Combined with slightly more petite sirah than usual, a a fair amount of---carignane, this is a great vintage from an exceptional vineyard. The wine's weight allowed us to use more new and one-year-old American oak for aging--without detracting from the intense, layered fruit." He goes on to compare it to the structure of the '74 which was long lived and still enjoyable in 2000 and says the '99 may be equally long lived.|
14.5% alcohol by volume. 70% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, and 3% Mataro. Deep inky purple; nearly opaque. Viscous. Tantalizing perfume wrapped around blackberries, black currants/cassis and what seems to be a remnant of some of that new oak used in the youth and adolescence of this wine contributing a cedar wood note. Full-bodied, full-throttled wine with long finish. As impressive now as I found Lytton Springs to be three or more decades ago. Remarkably, the price has remained fairly steady. I say hallelujah to that! (1328 views)
| ||Tasted by coremill on 7/17/2012 & rated 89 points: PnP. Too young. Good sweet brambly dark berry fruit and plenty of american oak, with quite a bit of structure and very nice acidity for a zin. It shows just a bit of heat on the finish and the oak isn't fully integrated yet. It's still pretty good now but I think it needs more time to fully come together. (1940 views)|
| ||Tasted by andtheodor on 5/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Plump, ripe fruit, bright acidity, great presence and texture. Typical sweet strawberry fruit with a touch of oak, just classic. (1897 views)|
| ||Tasted by veniceslug1 on 3/11/2012 & rated 93 points: Still drinking beautifully. Plenty of dark fruit and spice. (2206 views)|
| ||Tasted by tomlee on 2/4/2012 & rated 92 points: Aging gracefully. Pepper, spice with just the right amount of jammy, hedonistic fruit. Ridge has that secret ingredient that most zins are missing to make it to 13 years old. (2424 views)|
| ||Tasted by BoulderWine on 12/5/2011 & rated 95 points: Cork was incredibly clean (no seepage). First thing noticed was the dark color. Rich, mature aromas. Big fruit, not pruney, and well-resolved. Simply delicious for a 12-year-old Zin. Drank very well on its own as an aperitif. (2465 views)|
| ||Tasted by typ993 on 11/24/2011 & rated 92 points: Like drinking blackberry jam with a hint of tannins (2249 views)|
| ||Tasted by bamawine on 11/23/2011 & rated 93 points: terrific nose of burnt orange-would have guessed brunello if tasted blind- smooth,sweet texture and medium weight-a pleasure to drink now or within a year (2223 views)|
| ||Tasted by Papies on 11/21/2011 & rated 87 points: Ridge Monte Bello 1994-2000 Vertical with Eric Baugher (Handford Wines, London): Sweet core, some apricot notes too. Good concentration. Average finish with some sweet stewed fruit. At least it didn’t feel confectionary (or fake) like young versions of Lytton Sprngs. (2550 views)|
| ||Tasted by MichielV on 8/7/2011 & rated 90 points: Had it next to the 97 with flanksteak. This was much bettter. Great Zin nose of dark berries, herbs and pepper, good darkish color and on the palate great elegance, not super but very interesting and clearly showing that the Lytton Springs wines need age on them. They are OK young but just are rounder and more interesting after 5+ years in bottle. I was disappointed with the 97 (2436 views)|
| ||Tasted by Yamadori on 5/2/2011 & rated 90 points: Opened and left to slow-ox for a couple of hours. Nice zinfandel nose of bramble and spice. Boysenberry and plum fruit with some anise and pepper on the palate. Nicely balanced with good acidity and some secondary notes of smoke, spice and forest floor. Medium plus finish with integrated tannins. Still going strong and should continue to drink well for a few more years. Excellent zinfandel blend. (2753 views)|
| ||Tasted by andtheodor on 3/26/2011 & rated 92 points: Ridge: Spicy, sexy, and complex. Great berry fruit, licorice, with herbs and menthol emerging. Almost ideal aged Ridge. Wow. (3112 views)|
| ||Tasted by robmatic on 3/24/2011 & rated 93 points: This bottle was right on, and 93% mature. I think it might get a little better in another year or two, but certainly great to drink right now. Spicy meat, olive, potent fruit, and very good structure, ever the slightest bit tannic still. Overall impression is one of power and finesse. (2989 views)|
| ||Tasted by Vandiner on 3/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Drank with Wine Boys on a great night of Zins (439 views)|
| ||Tasted by chayward on 2/4/2011 & rated 91 points: Zinfandel tasting (non-blind): Very nice bottle. Very different from the Wellington zins it was tasted with, mainly because of the somewhat funky nose. More complex. Still has strong tannins and a long finish. Would be really interesting to see how this is after some more time. 90-91 (3330 views)|
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|By Stephen Tanzer|
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2001, Issue #96
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Ridge Lytton Springs) Slightly bricking medium dark red violet color; appealing, ripe raspberry, baked raspberry, dried red berry nose with a background of satsuma plum; very tasty, rich but poised, tart red berry, tart raspberry, satsuma plum palate with depth; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (70% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 3% Mataro) 92 points
Ridge 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.
Ridge Lytton SpringsHistory
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.
Yields: 1.5 to 3.0 tons per acre
Lytton SpringsThe bench and hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, Sonoma County.
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