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2005 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: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$28.99
Alcohol %: 14.4
Tasting Notes:
tasted: December 20, 2007 , Doug Ambrose
"very nice"
tasted: July 18, 2008 , Sobrino
4 stars "Color: deep; Nose: discreet; Acidity: crisp; Body: full-bodied; Overall: pleasant; "
tasted: January 18, 2009 , from a member
4 stars
tasted: June 20, 2009 , from a member
93 points "Spicy refinement, well balanced, nice layering."
tasted: September 18, 2010 , Mark Milani
90 points "One of my favorite wines. Drinking well now, but can continue to age."
rated: June 30, 2007 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
"zesty spice bomb of a Zinfandel, with boysenberry, ripe cherry, licorice and roasted herb notes and long, deep flavors that build toward firm, cedary tannins on the finish."
rated: December 7, 2007 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"One star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "77% Zinfandel; 17% Petite Sirah; 6% Carignane. Ridge's latest bottling under the Lytton Springs label achieves a good balance between concentration and berryish fruit with the latter in clear command. It is structured along slightly tighter lines with acid-pushed tannins tightening things up at the end, but this wine is destined for the cellar and needs a few years of patience before opening up. (September 2007) Unseasonably cool weather slowed them start of natural-yeast fermentations; the resulting cold soak maximized the deep color. The thirty-one separate parcels completed a natural malolactic and were racked to air-dried American oak barrels. In assemblage, a third of the wine (some from young vines, some from vines picked overripe) was held out. This elegant, full-bodied wine, with its firm tannins and intense, complex fruit, is among the finest of recent vintages. Enjoyable now, it will develop further over the next ten years. 77% zinfandel, 17% petite sirah and carignane."