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Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2011

Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
  • WS92
  • TP91
0% ABV
  • W&S94
  • WW93
  • RP91
  • CG92
  • W&S91
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Winemaker Notes

Dark purple/violet. Black pepper, cocoa, tobacco, black currants and a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Blackberry and plum fruit flavors followed by full but well coated tannins, firm acidity and a long finish.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
A fresh fruit and pure berry expression of Petite, with raspberry, huckleberry and pepper flavors that are crisp and refreshing, with good purity to the core of fruit, showing tobacco accents and a smoky black tea note. The tannins gain some traction on the finish.
TP 91
Tasting Panel
Dark, juicy and lush with tangy blackberry and cassis; rich but balanced and complex; Paul Draper shows that it's possible to make a nuanced wine out of this "King Kong" of varieties.
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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 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.

Appreciated for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of anyone who loves bright, elegant wines. These food-friendly, cool-climate reds and whites are quintessentially European in style with racy acidity, moderate alcohol, and tart, fresh fruit flavors. Austrian wines are prized for their near-uniform dedication to excellence, and it is now difficult to find a bad bottle.

Rather than joining in on the worldwide trend to plant international varieties, Austria has chosen to stake its reputation mainly on its native grapes. Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and vegetal and peppery aromatics, is the most important, comprising nearly a third of Austrian wines. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Unlike their German counterparts, Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry, with higher alcohol, slightly lower acidity, and flavors that lean more toward the citrus end of the fruit spectrum. Field blends of these two grapes along with Pinot Blanc and other white varieties known as Gemischter Satz are popular for daily consumption in Vienna. Red wines include light, tart-fruited Zweigelt, juicy and spicy Blaufränkisch, and Pinot-Noir-like Saint Laurent.

EMP641745_2011 Item# 126924

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