Red

2014 Ridge Lytton Springs

Zinfandel Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Dry Creek Valley
Drink between 2018 - 2026 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 117

  • AllRed wrote: 87 points

    May 26, 2019 - 41st Annual Zinfandel Retrospective - the 2014s (R&Ds): Double blind. Blue fruit and violet notes with a funky brettanomyces overtone. Black briary fruit on the palate with a peppery finish. Doesn't change during the course of the tasting. I typically don't mind a touch of brett in my wine, but I don't want it in my zinfandel.

    My #8, Domino's #4
    Group #7, 61 pts

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • FrancoF Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 27, 2019 - After a one hour decant: A deep and quite complex Zinfandel Blend that shows plenty of dark - ripe but not too sweet - fruit, Cassis, Blackbeerry, even Elder, freshly cut spices and some tabacco and vanilla notes with a slight earthy undertone. It is full-bodied, well balanced, with vibrant acidity and a velvety mouhtfeel. This field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan and Mataro/Mourvèdre is of more than 100 years old vines! That is a reason for its extraordinary structure and depth. As others stated before, it still seems to be quite young with a slight edginess probably due to the Petite Sirah (that certainly helps to give the strong backbone). I would guess best drinking window will be 2020 - 2026, so 6-12 years after harvest. We enjoyed it in the Zin/Chianti/Chardonnay glass and it was matching well.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • wcf1946 wrote: 89 points

    April 4, 2019 - DID NOT HOLD UP. A great Zin on day 1, but declined on lot day 2. Solid 92 day one; 85 day 2. Very disappointed it didn't last. Only a pop n'pour now. Drink up fast. Too bad; it was sooooooooo good day one.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • redz wrote: 92 points

    March 1, 2019 - really nice, oaky zin. The petit Syrah really gives it some backbone. Held it's own with bbq beef ribs. Short decant, still young

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • grapenomad wrote: 89 points

    February 27, 2019 - Personally, I would have been saddened if Ridge didn’t make it to this tasting. This a true icon of Californian winemaking, a winery that shot to fame after stunning the world by their triumph in the 1976 Judgement of Paris. Today, they continue to amaze with examples as fine as top-quality Bordeaux and Burgundy.

    Lytton Springs is “party up front, business in the back”. A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan and Mataro. Showing lots of unripe fruit on the nose and a bit of a green character in the mouth. Medium complexity. As we were progressing through the fruit bombs, I expected this to be fat, moderately-flamboyant and over-extracted, but instead I get this nuanced, structured, Old World-cellar-smelling and tasting thing which I would EASILY stack up against a solid dare I say, Pauillac or Pessac-Leognan. Not outright Zin character and maybe a bit young, but perfectly integrated on all fronts. God bless America.

    5 people found this helpful Comments (1)
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ridge
  • Varietal Zinfandel Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Lytton Springs
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Dry Creek Valley
  • UPC Codes 744442881000, 744442901005, 744442901142

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 52 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,913 (72%)
  • Consumed 1,103 (27%)

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Elegant turkey, Grillet, Gryte, Okse

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