Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2014

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The first Ridge Petite Sirah was produced in 1971. It is a natural cross of syrah and a little-known French variety, peloursin, and is frequently found interplanted in California's old zinfandel vineyards. The varietal offers deep color, firm tannins, and peppery spice complement the rich berry fruit and softer structure of zinfandel. The oldest petite sirah vines on Ridge's Lytton Estate were planted in 1901 and the youngest in 1998. From 1972 until 2002 Ridge bottled portions of the petite sirah as a separate wine for a limited release, it had always been included in the Lytton Springs Zinfandel. In 2003 they made another limited release and in 2009 their first national release.

Hand harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and partially crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria; 0.43 g/L tartaric acid added; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with the Ridge philosophy of minimal intervention.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Dry Creek Valley
Brand Ridge Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
  • v95

VinousThe 2014 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate is outstanding. Deep, luscious and intense, but with none of the aggressiveness Petite so often presents, the 2014 is utterly captivating from the very first taste. Dark red and blue-hued stone fruits, mint, spices and licorice are front and center. The purity of the fruit here is simply remarkable. As hard as it may be to believe, the 2014 can be enjoyed on the young side. This is a tremendous wine. Don't miss it!

Antonio Galloni
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Wine AdvocateThe inky colored 2014 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate shows the more forward style of the vintage with its big, succulent aromas and flavors of smoked black fruits, vanilla bean, scorched earth and leather. Lightly textured, graceful (especially for a Petite Sirah), with building tannin, it isn't a blockbuster and leans more towards the elegant end of the spectrum. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.

Jeb Dunnuck, October 28, 2016

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