I thought this felt old, pruned and oxidized notes both in the nose and on the palate. I received this directly from Ridge and stored at 55 F so I think storage was good. Some black pepper on the finish but an unsatisfying experience. Lytton tends NOT to be oxidized like Dusi offerings, so I was surprised at the shape it was in. Not great, but drinkable anyway.
From 375. PNP. Cork perfect. Color dark garnet with ruby edges. This has dark fruit with chocolate and raisin notes. Swishing shows great depth of fruit, acid structure, and tinge of alcohol and some oak tannin on the finish. Sipping this shows super density and great balance.....the oak and alcohol are obscured by the fruit density. This one is much better than the last 375 we tried and more consistent with other reviews. In a great place right now.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Very dark red violet color; rich, ripe raspberry, red berry, baking spice, baked raspberry, vanilla, powdered sugar nose; rich, baked raspberry, cranberry, red berry palate with depth, rather primary now, needs 4 to 5 years; medium-plus finish (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane; 15 mos. in barrel, 21% new American oak, 48% one, two and three years old; 31% four and five years old)