Surprisingly integrated already for a young LS. Pretty brairy-berry fruit, oak and tannin are all fairly well knit, with no one part sticking out; worth noting that it's really the acidity that keeps this one together. Restrained, even by Ridge standards. One might even call it elegant alongside a barbecued pork tenderloin.
Decanted off the restaurant list for an hour or so...... I wish it had been 3 hours but it was still showing all that elegance and good winemaking grace that epitomises Ridge. This is the kind of wine you don't mind paying 3x for in a top restaurant compared to retail....... it still punches at that higher price point. A shame it wasn't the 2005 but it will get there. Give it another 3 years or so to really come into its full glory. Disclaimer: I love Ridge Lytton Springs almost unconditionally....the California equivalent of Ch. Musar (e.g. off the well-trodden path but world class and totally with personality).
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