Ridge Lytton Springs 2020
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*Delivery from Tuesday 14th February 2023
PRODUCER: In 1962, Ridge made its first Monte Bello, and two years later its first Zinfandel. Since that time, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare and exceptional vineyards where climate, soil, and variety are ideally matched.
Ridge call their approach to winemaking “pre-industrial" in the belief that for anyone attempting to make fine wine, modern additives and industrial processing limit true quality. Furthermore, Ridge is the largest farmer of organically certified grapes in Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
VINEYARD: Lytton Springs is home to 100-plus-year-old Zinfandel vines interplanted with Petite Sirah, Carignane, a small amount of Mataro (Mourvèdre), and Grenache. For decades, the field blend from this site has produced the quintessential example of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Lytton Springs is a prime example of Ridge’s commitment to championing heritage varietals – varietals planted more than a century ago and surviving in numerous locations.
VINTAGE: Plentiful rain in early November and December subsided by January. Late spring rains during flowering reduced fruit set across all varieties, especially Petite Sirah. Thirty-eight blocks were picked at ideal ripeness over four weeks from August to September. Of these, twenty-six were selected for their rich black fruit and perfectly balanced structure. This classic Lytton Springs will be enjoyable over the next ten years.
WINEMAKING: 79% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane. Hand-harvested estate-grown organic grapes, destemmed and crushed. Fermented on the indigenous yeast, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria. Thirteen months in American oak barrels (15% new, 15% one year old, 20% two years old, 20% three years old, 15% four years old and 15% five years old.) Lightly filtered at bottling.
TASTING NOTE: Rich blackberry and plum on the nose with notes of aniseed. Full-bodied with dark bramble fruit and well-coated tannins on the palate. The long finish reveals layers of black liquorice and dried sage.
CRITICS RATINGS:97 Points - Wine Enthusiast
95 Points - Decanter
95 Points - Zinfandel Chronicles
93 Points - Vinous (Antonio Galloni)
93 Points - Wine & Spirits
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