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2008 Ridge Lytton Springs (750ml)
Producer: Ridge Vineyards ridgewine.com
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Zinfandel - Petite Syrah - Carignan
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$25.00
Alcohol %: 14.4
Tasting Notes:
tasted: December 25, 2010 , Barry Uber
4 stars "Color: deep; Aromas: black berry; Sweetness: medium dry; Finish: persistent; " Best 2010-
rated: May 4, 2011 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
93 points "93 points from Robert Parker: "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." (Feb. 2011) 93 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Ripe, but not overly so, and carefully crafted with a certain claret-like polish that is the Ridge signature, this year's Lytton Springs bottling is a deep, very well-focused wine that keys on varietal berries with complexing notes of dusty and dry spice lending a little more range than everyday Zinfandel gets. It is nicely balanced with a fine spine of tannins for grip but maintains its sense of finesse and composure right to the end, and, if not so astringent that it cannot be enjoyed now, it is built to get better for several years and will hold for many more." (Jan. 2011) Ripe nose of raspberry, plum, pepper and chapparel. Blackberry, mineral and vanilla notes dominate the palate. Well integrated tannins typical of this classic vineyard add to the long finish. "