Lytton Springs, Ridge Vineyards, Sonoma County, California, USA 2014

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Lytton Springs, Ridge Vineyards, Sonoma County, California, USA 2014

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As one of California’s most iconic wine estates with a very loyal following, there isn’t much of this single vineyard Zinfandel to go around, so grab it while you can (we did!). It is, in fact, a four-grape blend of Zinfandel (69%), Petite Syrah (18%), Carignan (11%), and Mourvedre (2%) aged for 14 months in American oak (20% new) and unlike most California Zinfandel, which is massively proportioned with jammy - even porty - flavours, Lytton Springs is more structured, refined and complex and destined for a 6-8 year life ahead of it.

Press Reviews:

Antonio Galloni:
"The 2014 Lytton Springs is another absolutely gorgeous wine. Perhaps because of its relatively recent bottling, the 2004 feels a bit compressed, but there appears to be plenty of complexity and depth hiding behind the acidity and tannin. Far from an easygoing Zinfandel, the 2014 Lytton is a wine to buy and cellar for at least a handful of years. The wine's richness, persistence and vertical intensity all lead me to believe it will be special in time. Black cherry, pomegranate, mint and sweet spices meld into the resonant finish. A kick of tannin from the Petite adds personality, something the 2014 has in spades." 94+ points

The Wine Advocate: "More fresh and elegant than the Geyserville, with a touch more focus, the 2014 Lytton Springs is another beautiful wine from this estate. Made from 69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah and the rest Carignan and Mourvèdre, aged in 20% new American oak, it boasts fabulous notes of plums, blackberry jam, toasted spice and licorice as well as medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate depth and notable tannin. The Geyserville is a touch sexier, but this will be longer lived. Give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more." 91+ points  

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