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2005 Ridge Syrah Lytton West (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Ridge Vineyards   details
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Viognier
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$24.00
Description: Cote Rotie Style California Syrah
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: August 23, 2008 , Sobrino
4 stars "Color: dark; Nose: fragrant; Aromas: black berry; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: dry; Body: firm; Finish: medium; Overall: bold; " Best 2008-2011
tasted: October 10, 2009 , Fred Dunn
4 stars "Color: deep; "
rated: March 7, 2009 , Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95 points "Three Puffs, 94% Syrah, 6% Viognier. There is a sense of refinement and pure precision about this bottling that not only moves it to the head of the class but sets it in a class all its own. Very deep and impeccably structured, it eschews runaway ripeness in favor of layered richness and real nuance, and it begs for comparison with the fine wines of C o te Rotie rather than its more blustery Californian kin. It is as classy and sophisticated as local Syrah is likely to get, and it is bound to age famously by dint of balance and depth. " Best 2009-2019
rated: August 30, 2009 , K&L Wine Merchants
"Ridge, the legendary Santa Cruz Mountain producer owns just over three acres of mature syrah and six acres of younger syrah vines at Lytton Springs West. The older parcels contributed exceptional depth and complexity to this wine, while the younger vines added soft tannins and a delineated fruit component. Aged for 21 months in air-dried American oak, this bold, complex wine is fruit-forward with plenty of syrah spice. Give it some air now or watch it gain complexity over the next decade."
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