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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 103080)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah and 7% Carignane.

After a dry winter and spring, budbreak came early. Despite the lack of spring rain, temperate summer weather mitigated vine stress and created ideal ripening conditions. At veraison, we dropped a quarter of the young zinfandel. A warm August ripened the fruit earlier than expected, and we harvested the thirtyfour parcels as flavors developed fully, fermenting each separately on its natural yeasts. Color and tannin extracted easily, reducing maceration time to seven days, on average. After malolactic, we chose twenty-one lots for this year's wine. Aged for fifteen months in air-dried american oak, this classic Lytton Springs is remarkable for its richness, balance, and elegant texture. It will soften and gain complexity over the next ten years.

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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.