Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2006
from Sonoma County, California
A blend of 80% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Syrah and
After long, hard rains in March, budbreak came
by mid-April. In late July, extreme temperatures
sunburned the west-facing blocks. These are
planted predominantly to petite sirah, which
took the highest loss. Veraison was late, and
light rains further slowed maturation. We
thinned the damaged clusters, and harvested
the remaining fruit, fully ripe, between
mid-September and mid-October. As tannin
developed, we reduced pumpovers, and
pressed at dryness on day nine. After a natural
malolactic, twenty of the thirty-four blocks were
selected for the 2006. This classic Lytton
Springs was barrel aged for a full fifteen months.
Approachable now, it has the structure to be
cellared and enjoyed over the next ten years.
Bright spice drives through the complex dark fruit of this old-vine blend, which includes Petite Syrah (16%) and Carignane (4%). There's some funk to it that reads like Brett, but it hasn't taken over the wine. The zesty acidity makes it more versatile than most Zins, especially with roast turkey or duck with cherries." 91 Points
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