"Taking its accustomed place at the head of the class, this year's Lytton Springs bottling from Ridge is a textbook example of the deep and expressive fruit that marks Dry Creek Zinfandel at its best..."
-Connoisseurs Guide to California Wines
79% zinfandel, 18% petite sirah, 3% carignane
Enjoyable as a young wine, this excellent zinfandel will continue to develop in complexity over the next ten years.
In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted here at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s. (In the 1870s, under "Captain" William Litton's ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into "Lytton" by 1903.) The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals: petite sirah, carignane, grenache, and a small amount of mataro (mourvèdre).
I held onto this bottle for a few years, hoping it would impress me when I finally got around to trying it. Unfortunately, it let me down. Maybe it wasn't aged long enough. A seemingly standard zin. Nothing too impressive.