Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2016
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The 2016 is made of 69% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mataro (Mourvedre). Hand harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; 0.5 grams/liter tartaric acid; 0.84% water addition; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine. Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with the Ridge philosophy of minimal intervention.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley|
VinousThe 2016 Lytton Springs is a powerful, dense wine. Black cherry, plum, lavender, new leather, cloves, licorice and menthol flesh out. Deep, plush and richly textured, the 2016 Lytton Springs packs a real punch. The 23% Petite Sirah is felt in the wine's darkness and overall gravitas. There is more than enough richness and structure to support many years of fine drinking. What a gorgeous wine this is.
Wine SpectatorRecalls the tasty red field blends of yore, showing briary cherry, grilled anise and cracked pepper flavors that finish with slightly rustic tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Carignane and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2025. 11,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Lytton Springs is also excellent, offering up aromas of crushed currants, plums, candied violets and baked clay. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and youthfully chewy, with a crunchy core of fruit and fine-grained but firm structuring tannins. It's a bit more burly and rustic than the satiny, sumptuous Geyserville this year-no surprise, given that the blend contains fully 23% Petite Sirah (alongside 69% Zinfandel, 6% Carignane and 2% Mataro).