2010 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah

SKU #1117369 89 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Not quite so ripe as its predecessor from 2009 and employing a few others grapes in its mix, the new Ridge Lytton Estate conveys a fine sense of fruity freshness and youthful vitality. It is medium-full bodied and has a coverlet of varietal tannin without being particularly tannic per se, and its overall balance and build are those of a wine that will be a comfortable partner to food once a few years have passed.  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

The Petite Sirah vines at Ridge's Lytton Estate (some dating back to 1901) have only recently become more widely available as a single-varietal bottling. Long included in the primarily Zinfandel-based Lytton Springs bottling, this wine (with a small percentage of Zin, Syrah, and Peloursin) is sure to satisfy the small but dedicated following of California Petite Sirah as well as other curious wine drinkers. It was aged for 14 months in 15% new American oak. From the winery: "Intense aromas of pepper, floral (lilys), vanilla and bacon fat. Focused blackberry fruit on the palate balanced by full but elegant tannins, firm acidity and a minerally finish."

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Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the Rhône's Syrah, it ends up that Petite Sirah is more closely related to the Southern French varietal Durif, which is virtually extinct in France. On the other hand, Petite Sirah thrives in California, where it is prized for its ink-dark color, rich, peppery, black-fruited tannic wine and ability to age. There is even a group passionately devoted to the varietal called PS I Love You. While often bottled varietally, Petite Sirah is also frequently blended with Zinfandel to give that wine structure, and is usually among the varietals planted in the old vine field blends of Northern California. The grape is also grown with some success is South America - Brazil and Argentina, in particular - and in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3