PHMG WAG: Ridge Vineyards (Monte Lyon): My WOTN, this is an excellent, elegant, long smooth wine that just caresses your palate. Mellow but deep blackberry, raspberry, anise, and spice. On plateau, don't wait too long.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Bricking medium red violet color; redolent, chocolate, baked berry nose; creamy textured, baked berry, milk chocolate, bay leaf palate; medium-plus finish (77% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane; 12 months in barrel, 20% new American oak, 25% one and two years old, and 55% in three to five-year-old barrels)
(Ridge Lytton Springs) Very dark red violet color; baked raspberry, baked plum, berry tart cherry nose with subtle, warming oak, sandalwood; tasty, focused, tart cherry, raspberry palate with good acidity, balance and depth; long finish 93+ pts. (this has much improved since I first had it on release a few years back; 77% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane; 12 months in barrel, 20% new American oak, 25% one and two years old, and 55% in three to five-year-old barrels)
(Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-not appealing; smells a little like NY garbage; one day old mushy cereal; little oyster shell; TASTE-lighter than previous Lytton Springs; a little bland & boring; some dark cherry flavors; kind of nice & silky, but simple; a bad batch of blueberries; WS-88; GV-85