Man, I freaking love Ridge. Dark crimson red with maybe just the slightest bit of bricking at the edges. As soon as the cork was pulled (which easily came out in 1 piece...which is always a nice surprise when it comes to an aged Ridge), you could tell this was going to be a treat. Youthful, sweet red fruit on the nose - reminiscent of a recent vintage, lighter bodied zinfandel (think Scherrer). On the palate, this is so bright and vibrant that it's almost unreal....until you remember that you're drinking a Ridge Lytton Springs made by Paul Draper. Cherries, Cranberries, and a slight hint of warm baking spice. Served this to my wife blind, and she called it as a recent vintage zinfandel. Love it. Still has a slight tannic finish, and throwing some sediment as expected. Drinking insanely well right now, but I'm sure it could probably hang on for longer.......but why wait! Cheers!
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).
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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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