2009 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Zinfandel (375ml)
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. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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.
**Two Stars** Not surprisingly, given the name on the label, this one stood out in our tastings for its deeper fruit and its sophisticated layering of ripe blackberries, peppery spice and suggestions of dark soils. Full in body and fully ripened, the wine is deep and supple from first to last on the palate, and the late-arriving tannin that puts it rough stamp on the finish is nothing more than one should expect from this combination of maker and source. There will be those who are happy to drink it now with chewy chunks of charred chuck, but count us as among those who will lay it away for five to ten years while it rounds out.
Wine & Spirits
No tasting note given.
Briary and a bit untamed, but appealing for its cherry and dill aromas and well-structured wild berry, underbrush and cedar flavors.
71% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane.