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Community Tasting Notes (203) Avg Score: 89.5 points

  • A little past its peak

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  • Dusty dry mouthfeel. Holding up. Fully resolved. Delicious fruit. Would never guess it's ten years old. Drank a 2012 the same night as the 2005 and it was obvious they were the same wine.

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  • This old guy is presenting amazingly well, even just popping and pouring over a couple hours. Garnet color with no brown edges, suggesting little visible oxidation has occurred. Slow legs. Inviting, ample nose with aromas of ripe blackberries and strawberries (and some not so ripe fruit), with a touch of cooking spices, forest floor, sagebrush and gravel dust. Flavors of just ripe blackberries and strawberries, with a very slight note of oxidation. Strikes the palate as moderately sweet but retains some acidity. Finishes a bit bitter, with some lead pencil notes. After 10 years, tannins are still providing some traction and extending the finish. Moderate body with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. This zin is quite delightful now.

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  • Beautiful showing. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, some raspberries, graphite and slight dried floral notes. On the palate, this is drinking young. Slight tannins. Slight vanilla, but I would not guess 10 years from vintage. Juicy acidity/texture. Bottle is drained quickly. Glad to have a couple more in the cellar.

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  • Big berry nose. Sure enough, blackberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, a silky smoothness that makes check the label. Is this Zinfandel? Yep, 77% with some Petite Sirah and some Carignane. Not the big brambly, woody blackfruited Zinfandel, but a sophisticated integration of berry flavor, resolved tannins and supporting acid. Wow.

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JancisRobinson.com

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2013, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (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)
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/26/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (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)

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    California Zinfandel Death Match, Episode #448, 4/21/2008, (See more on Wine Library TV...) 85 points

    (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

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/20/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 90 points

    (Ridge Lytton Springs) Cherry red color; nice plum, ripe GSM nose; ripe plum, cherry and spicy red fruit palate; medium finish (77% Zin, 17% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane)
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/26/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 89 points

    (Ridge Lytton Springs) Tight plummy nose; tasty, raisiny, brambly, berry palate; medium finish

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