2009 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
This winery's mastery of Zinfandel is once again evident here, and, if showing the richness and depth that we anticipate from Lytton Springs bottlings, this wine is keenly composed and comes with a little more polish than usual. It is young, it is incisively fruity and it is well-filled, and it forgoes bombast and flashiness for structured precision and great ageability.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(71% zinfandel, 23% petite sirah and 6% carignane): Opaque purple. Dark berries, cherry compote, licorice and vanilla on the aromatic nose. Ripe and fleshy, with powerful blackberry and bitter cherry flavors showing very good depth and intensity. Turned smokier and sweeter with air, finishing with excellent thrust and length. This really deserves at least a few more years of cellaring and should age slowly and positively for years.
Briary and a bit untamed, but appealing for its cherry and dill aromas and well-structured wild berry, underbrush and cedar flavors. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Drink now through 2017.
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds, largely owing to the earthier soils and the presence 23% Petite Sirah. Black fruit, plums, tar, licorice and smoke are some of the notes that flow from this generous, inviting red. The Lytton Springs is fairly structured, and can definitely benefit from another year or two (perhaps more) in bottle. The blend is 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2029." (08/11)