Brambly, oaky, Ridgy goodness. Right now, I might prefer this to the 91 Geyserville which is still quite primary and needs time. The Lytton has less stuffing, but is drinking rather well now (though also has time).
Still shows rather youthful with a core of very ripe brambly red fruits tinged by vanilla and spice. There's a faint confected element to the fruit, and not a lot of development but it's still very lively and easy to drink with bright acids keeping it very fresh and well balanced, and the alcohol never showing itself.
Quoting somebody else who got it right: "intense fresh strawberry jam, caramel, anise, mocha, dry herbs, cinnamon, peppermint". More ripe than I'd have expected but the complexity carries it superbly. No rush.
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(Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs) This is denser and more purple than the previous three wines. Sweet coconut and toffee on the nose, with a wealth of black fruit. More sweet and round fruit on the palate, with a fine, almost elegant stance, despite the jammy edge to the fruit which quickly develops through the midpalate. It builds to a spicy and powerful finish, where the tannins are a little more apparent.
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