From 375. PNP. Cork perfect. Color garnet w crimson edges. Nose w chocolate raisins and a whiff of dill. Swishing displays both acid alcohol and tannin bringing up the rear. Sipping allows the balance to show a little better balance but this is still a little hot. Maybe better in large format but these little guys are a little disappointing.
2nd Annual 7 Deadly Zins tasting…well, 10 (My place, parramatta, sydney): Profound, joyous, I did not expect to find such a discernible difference but there it is. Sticks out in this line up like a canines cohonas. This has to be the Ridge Lytton Springs. All the usual stuff - berries, cherries, plums, vanilla, chocolate, spice etc. on the nose...in the mouth the wine is juicier and leaner - tauter almost...like an engine that has been finely tuned. Wonderfully balanced. Gorgeous. superb.
The Lytton Springs is so consistently good. It is vibrant and dense. Dark layered fruit. There is a certain complexity here. Brambly dark fruit, lip smacking acidity. Juicy juice. Delicious to drink but there is a sophistication about this.
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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)