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Ridge "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel 2008 (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California) - Robert Parker [93]
Ridge "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel 2008 (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California) - Robert Parker [91-93 pts]


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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

bottled March 2010
71% zinfandel, 21% petite sirah, 5% carignane
14.4% alcohol by volume


In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s, (In the 1870s, under "Captain" William Litton's ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into "Lytton" by 1903.) The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.


Harvest Dates: 28 August - 16 September
Grapes: Average Brix 24.9 degrees
Fermentation No inoculation; natural primary and secondary. Pressed at nine days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new; 55% one, two and three years old; 25% four and five years old)
Aging: Fifteen months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: Thirty inches (below average)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: Dry spring and warm, dry summer, with no sustained heat spells

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Ripe nose of raspberry, plum, pepper and chapparel. Blackberry, mineral and vanilla notes dominate the palate. Well integrated tannins typical of this classic vineyard add to the long finish. EB (6/10)

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Striking, intense black cherry and blackberry fruit with some spice and earth jump from the glass of the 2008 Lytton Springs, a blend of 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, and 5% Carignan. Dark ruby with a nice tannic overlay, the wine was aged 15 months in American oak. Spicy, impressively rich, with good acids and loads of concentration, this is a beauty to drink over the next 5-7 years." - Robert Parker (Feb 2011)

91-93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The 2008 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red, a blend of 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, and 5% Carignan, possesses a deep ruby/purple color and good acidity, and a more closed style than the Geyserville, with a firmer, more restrained overall personality. It should drink well for 7-8 years.

Ridge’s iconic Monte Bello Proprietary Red (no longer called Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the candidates for the longest-lived Bordeaux blend made in California. Even vintages from the late sixties and early seventies are still vibrant wines. The winery owns just over 100 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and production varies enormously based on the mountain climate. With respect to this group of wines, the smallest yields were achieved in 2005, and the highest in 2007. The selection process here is relatively severe. For their Monte Bello, the flagship wine, 32% of the production was used in 2003, 38% in 2004, 49% in 2005, 39% in 2006, and 41% in 2007. These wines continue to be anomalies in the sense that the Cabernet Sauvignon component is aged in American oak, a somewhat contrarian procedure since most top producers long ago moved to French oak. The Santa Cruz Mountains cuvees, essentially a second wine culled out from Monte Bello, are also high quality efforts from Ridge. Each of the vintages I tasted reflects the vintage conditions in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Three 2008 barrel samples reveal a consistent, high quality style with slightly more elevated alcohol contents." - Robert Parker (2/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 92 Points (2007 vintage):

"The 2007 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan; 14.4% alcohol) exhibits a similar dark ruby/purple hue as well as more black fruits and spice in the impressive aromatics. It is a fuller-bodied, richer wine with beautiful texture, purity, and length. Enjoy it over the next 7-10 years." -Robert Parker, Feb. '10

Wine & Spirits Magazine - 91 Points & YEAR'S BEST ZINFANDEL (2007 vintage):
"This starts with the sweet richness of Dry Creek zin, with plush, candied red fruit that turns savory as tannins darken the wine into the finish. It ends with lovely briskness, a fine balance between the fruit sweetness and the tannin. With age, the earthy complexities of the wine should evolve." - Joshua Greene (2/10)

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 91 Points & 2 Stars (2007 vintage):
"71% Zinfandel; 22% Petite Sirah; 7% Carignane. Ripe enough to push its berryish fruit in the direction of high concentration, this wine pulls back from the brink with layered notes of pepper and slightly toasty, never pushy oak. Its solid yet quietly brawny side shows in latter palate tannins and firming acidity, and what starts out as a generous wine in the nose, turns tighter and quite age-demanding in the mouth. Do not be afraid to put this one aside for three to six years."
-Charles E. Olken (1/10)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 90 Points (2007 vintage):
"Deep ruby. Heavily oak-influenced at the outset, showing candied dark berries, cherry-cola, bourbon and vanilla scents, along with notes of clove and incense. Extended aeration helps to dissipate the oak notes and allows sweet raspberry and blueberry fruit to emerge on the palate. Soft tannins add support but quickly fade into the sweet, velvety fruit on the finish. If you plan on opening this any time soon, give it a few hours in a decanter."  (Nov/Dec '09)

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