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Ridge "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel 2009 (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [RP 95]
Ridge "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel 2009 (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [RP 95]


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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 71% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

2009 Lytton Springs
Bottled February 2011
71% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane

Despite welcome late-spring rains, the growing season got off to an early start in 2009. Significant heat throughout July ripened the grapes for harvest in early September. The vineyard's thirty-four parcels were picked separately, fermented on their natural yeasts, and were pressed at dryness. In blind tastings following natural malolactic, we chose twenty-three of the lots to exemplify the vintage. The proportion of new oak was reduced slightly, to allow full expression of the wine's fruit and inherent elegance. Enjoyable upon release, this opulent—though structured—Lytton Springs will evolve over the next ten to fifteen years. JO (11/10)

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds, largely owing to the earthier soils and the presence 23% Petite Sirah. Black fruit, plums, tar, licorice and smoke are some of the notes that flow from this generous, inviting red. The Lytton Springs is fairly structured, and can definitely benefit from another year or two (perhaps more) in bottle. The blend is 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2029.

I tasted a breathtaking array of wines during my recent visit with Paul Draper at Ridge. Draper is a true American icon, so it’s great to see him doing well after a bout with illness. I also tasted a number of older wines, including several Monte Bellos going back to the 1970s. Heretical as it may sound, I think the wines Draper is making today will prove to be far superior to the wines of decades past, many of which are rightly considered legendary. For ease of reference I have also included notes on all of the Ridge wines made outside the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Chardonnays are fermented with native yeasts and go into barrel with their gross lees, which are stirred once a week. The malos usually start the following spring. The wines are assembled just before the following harvest and go back into neutral oak. Aging is about 15 months for the Estate and 17 months for the Chardonnay Monte Bello, with a maximum of 25% new barrels. The reds are fermented with ambient yeasts, undergo malolactic fermentation in tank (except for the Monte Bello which is mostly done in barrel) and stay on their gross lees until the following spring." Antonio Galloni (Aug 2011)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 vintage):

"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
(2008 vintage):
"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." - 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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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Awesome, awesome Zin. December 8, 2011
Reviewer: Reid Horimoto from Santa Clara, CA United States  
I tried this Zin and its compadre, the Geyserville, on two consecutive nights. While most people would argue that the Geyserville is more accessible for drinking now, I actually preferred the taste of the Lytton Springs. I felt that it had a more fruity, plump taste, and lacked the hard backbone of the Geyserville.

Very pleasant to drink, in my opinion.

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