All black raspberries on the nose with some licorice on the palate. Lush attack, mentholated, tart, silky and resolved, spicy finish. There are sweet flavors of black raspberry jam, but with a totally dry mouthfeel (not thick, cloying, oozy, etc.). As such, tastes like a black tea with raspberry. This is much better than other bottles I've had of this wine. Not complex, nor deep, just drinking lovely in a light-bodied and refreshing package that is so rare for zinfandel. A crowd-pleaser.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Bricking medium dark red color with pale meniscus; nice dried currant, dried red berry, cigar box, tobacco nose; tasty, sexy, complex, plush tart red fruit, dried currant, dried red berry, cranberry tart raspberry palate with good balance; medium-plus finish (1st year just designated as Lytton Springs, without Zinfandel appearing in title; 85% Zinfandel in a vineyard blend with 8% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane, 2% Alicante and 2% Grenache; 25% new American oak, 25% one-year-old, and the rest between two and six years old)