Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2003

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

Price: $38.99
Item No. 84268
  • WS90
  • W&S90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • W&S96
  • 1998
  • W&S96
  • ST90
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Winemaker's Notes

This, our twenty-fifth vintage of Lytton Springs, marks the completion of the new, sustainable winery, and the first time we have made the wine on the estate where it is grown. From 1972 to 1976, and again from 1984 to 2002, we picked early in the morning and trucked the grapes to Monte Bello—three hours away. This year's short crop and intense September heat caused the fruit to ripen all at once. Tannins were highly extractable, so almost half the grapes were left uncrushed, and the number of pump-overs was reduced. As malolactic fermentation finished, we assembled the finest and most typical lots, and racked to barrel. After twelve months in air-dried american oak, the wine was fined with nine egg whites per barrel, balancing firm structure and sensuous fruit. This classic Lytton Springs is enjoyable now. It will soften with a year or two in bottle, and develop fully over the next eight to ten years.

76% ZINFANDEL, 18% PETITE SIRAH, 6% CARIGNANE

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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...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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