Ridge Lytton Springs 2008 Front Label
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Ridge Lytton Springs 2008

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750ML / 14.4% ABV
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750ML / 14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Ripe nose of raspberry, plum, pepper and chapparel. Blackberry, mineral and vanilla notes dominate the palate. Well integrated tannins typical of this classic vineyard add to the long finish. Blend: 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Striking, intense black cherry and blackberry fruit with some spice and earth jump from the glass of the 2008 Lytton Springs, a blend of 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, and 5% Carignan. Dark ruby with a nice tannic overlay, the wine was aged 15 months in American oak. Spicy, impressively rich, with good acids and loads of concentration, this is a beauty to drink over the next 5-7 years.
CG 93
Connoisseurs' Guide
Ripe, but not overly so, and carefully crafted with a certain claret-like polish that is the Ridge signature, this year's Lytton Springs bottling is a deep, very well-focused wine that keys on varietal berries with complexing notes of dusty and dry spice lending a little more range than everyday Zinfandel gets. It is nicely balanced with a fine spine of tannins for grip but maintains its sense of finesse and composure right to the end, and, if not so astringent that it cannot be enjoyed now, it is built to get better for several years and will hold for many more.
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
Even better is the 2008 Ridge Lytton Springs. A blend of 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, and 5% Carignane, the wine is dense and structured, with load of minerality that’s balanced by earthy dark fruits, smoke, and subtle pepper on the nose. Very pure and focused on the nose, the palate follows suit with medium+ body, good acidity, beautiful fruit, and an overall, edgy and structured personality. The fruit keeps this enjoyable now, but I think this will age very well. I’d give bottles 2-4 years in the cellar, and then drink over the following decade or more.
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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.

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