Hmmm, a classic in many ways, fully mature, lush, luscious, and charming. But I also found a sharpness that was slightly out of balance, and an alcoholic edge detracted from the overall score. Wonderful to drink now, I believe it will hold steady for a couple of good years.
Drank the last bottle with grilled lamb chops, 2 nights after opening and never drinking, so it sat corked in fridge until last night. This is remarkably young and ripe for its age, with still deep dark purple color and full black fruits, raspberry and cherry. Virtually no tannin and extremely smooth, this wine is VERY easy to drink.
A Ridge Lytton Spring Vertical and a few others (our home): Really nice showing for this wine. In a rare showing this took 7/8 first place votes from the group. Purple/ruby on the rim. The nose is great. Dusty with black raspberries and cherries. Lovely texture which turned out to be in most of the wines. Juicy yet lush. The palate has dark raspberries and a bit of spice. Deep with some layering. There is also a slight sour note which is really nice. Slight tannins. Long finish. Shows some visual signs of age, but still drinks youthfully. Impressive showing.
Wow, this is a very young bottle. Full of deep, vibrant, purple fruit, orange peel. Typical Ridge perfume and floral notes. Some leather and tar black fruit. Strong and delicate at the same time. I've had this wine probably a dozen times, this may be the best bottle I've had. A-
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Dark red violet color; beginning of maturity, spice, incense, dried red fruit, autumnal spice, allspice nose; plush, ripe raspberry, red berry, dried red currant palate with structure and sweet, firm tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (76% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane; 50% American oak between two and four years old, 20% new barrels and 30% one-year old; 13 months in barrel)