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Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2020

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Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2020

  • Country USA
  • Region Sonoma County
  • Grape 79% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane
  • Abv 14.6%
  • Case size 12/ 75
  • 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 licorice and dried sage.
  • Wine Enthusiast: 97 Points “This seamless, polished but also firm and well-structured wine achieves power with grace. Wonderful black fig, black olive, and plump blackberry flavors ride a full body backed by good, well-integrated tannins. This classic from Ridge’s Sonoma County property consists of 79% Zinfandel plus 11% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignan. Best from 2025–2040.” -Jim Gordon (January 2023)

    Decanter: 95 Points “Very juicy and chewy with mulberry and mocha notes. Paul Draper’s love of old California field blends and his belief that Petite Sirah and Carignane (which Ridge spells in the old California manner with an ‘e’ at the end) add a complementary intrigue to Zinfandel are at work in the Lytton Springs. Accordingly, the wine is not labeled Zinfandel even though at 79% Zin, it could be. The 10% Carignane adds an earthy, sensual, south-of-France character to the flavor. The Petite Sirah – which is never petite in California – adds power and a wallop of tannin. A very distinct wine, mostly from old vines, some of which date back to 1901. Ridge, which has been making Lytton since 1972, bought the vineyard in the early 1990s.” -Karen MacNeil (November 2022)

    Zinfandel Chronicles: 95 Points “Show-stopping nose of red and black fruits, peach and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied with perfect acidity. Tremendous mouth feel and texture. Black cherry, black raspberry, cocoa, and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Just an awesome Lytton Springs despite the vintages challenges. Best over the next 8-10 years.” -Tom Lee (August 2022)

Fermentation: Full crush; 100% Natural primary and secondary.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (15% new; 15% one-year-old; 20% two-year-old, 20% three-year-old, 15% four-year-old, and 15% five-year-old).
Aging: Thirteen months in barrel
pH: 3.74
TA: 5.97 g/L

Hand-harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush, 72 ppm throughout aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

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CountryUnited States
Bottles Per Case12
Bottle Size75
2 cases 10% offNo

Lytton Springs Vineyard is located on the bench and hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, Sonoma County.
Soils: Varied, with a predominance of gravelly clay; gravelly clay loam on hillsides.
Age of Vines: Lytton East: zinfandel, petite sirah, and Carignane planted 1901 (32 acres) and 1910 (11 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1997-1998 (5 acres),
Lytton West: zinfandel, petite sirah, carignane, re-planted 1953-1968 (26 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1980’s (2.5 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah planted in 1990’s (42.8 acres); zinfandel, petite sirah, and carignane, in 2000’s (60 acres).
Training: Head trained (no trellis) spur
Yields: 2.5 tons per acre

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