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Last Call on the Power-Packed 2015 Zins from Ridge Vineyards - 01/30/2018 - Zinfandel (domestic)

Ridge Vineyards is unique in California winemaking, as in their stable of wines, they not only produce the iconic Monte Bello Cab, but they are also craft some of the most coveted Zinfandel bottlings in the world. Lytton Springs and Pagani Ranch are two of their category-defining Zins which are often imitated, but never equalled. The 2015 vintage was especially strong when it came to Zin, offering the perfect conditions for power-packed reds that also reveal a striking level of finesse and refinement. The last of this spectacular vintage is currently in stock, but our reserves are quickly dwindling, so now is the time to secure these legendary bottlings before they are gone. Both have earned big points and strong press and count among the best Ridge Vineyards has produced. Given their pedigree and status, you might expect to pay over $50, but remarkably they can be had for under $40. This is extremely rare for collectible and age-worthy reds from such an esteemed estate. This is an outstanding opportunity and one that no Zin lover should miss.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 95 $39.99 View
2015 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 94 $39.99 View


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2015 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($39.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Petite Sirah's expressive personality contributes both spicy and strong structural elements to the dominant Zinfandel portion here, and it all adds up to a young, highly promising bottling with well-concentrated, fully fruited aromas and flavors. Indeed, there is so much to like that, despite its tannic load, this boldly stated wine will drink very nicely now with savory beef or lamb roasts, yet its true brilliance lies some years in the future, and we will happily lay some away for five to ten years in the full expectation that both range and sophistication will grow and grow." (09/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Lytton Springs is very, very closed. Readers should not think about opening a bottle anytime soon. Intensely aromatic, but also tightly wound, the 2015 only hints at its true potential. Deceptively medium in body, the 2015 packs a real punch. (AG) 94+" (08/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Briary and subtly potent, with floral black raspberry and licorice aromas and zesty, well-built dark cherry, smoky anise and pepper flavors that finish with ripe tannins. (TF)" (11/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that always delivers (and ages beautifully), the 2015 Lytton Springs checks in as a blend of 74% Zinfandel,16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, and 2% Mourvèdre, all from the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. It offers tons of black raspberries, blueberries, brambly spice, leather and dried herb aromatics, full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a gorgeous, mouth filling texture. It's not the most concentrated vintage of this cuvee, yet it excels on its finesse, approachability and sheer charm. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 13, 2017

The 2017 fall releases from Ridge have dropped and they are just as we'd expect from the famous Zinfandel producer - fabulous! Lytton Springs, situated in the Dry Creek Valley, is always an incredibly approachable, elegant Zinfandel that is a great introduction to Ridge. It is not overwhelmed by new oak (only 15% is new) and is layered with dried herbs, oak spice and black fruits. This iconic wine will only get better as time goes on, but don't be afraid to enjoy now!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2017

The Ridge "Lytton Springs" has always been the Zinfandel to give to people who say they don't like Zinfandel. It's one of the most elegant, poised, and serious red blends made in the entire state and the 2015 takes that complex and layered formula to an entirely new level. More like a Bordeaux blend than a classic Zin, the addition of 16% Petite Syrah adds serious grit and structure, but it's brilliantly done and bolsters the richness of the fruit beautifully. When you start to think about what goes into crafting a great wine, not just the quality of the fruit or the location of the vineyard, but also the blending of different varietals to make something greater than the sum of its parts, the Lytton Springs is high on my list of iconic blends. As you decant the 2015 vintage, you'll notice more and more complexity as the air unlocks all that intrigue: berries, spice, brush, earth, excitement!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2017

This wine is pure class from the first sniff. The elegance, polish and purity that this wine possesses belies it's rugged old vine source. This wine has so much elegance, refinement and poise. Often when we think about "Old Vine Zin" it conjures up ideas of massive dark fruit, wildness...and sense of untamed raw material. This wine has all the concentration and intensity one might hope for but it presents itself so immaculately. The lifted, brambly fruits delineated from the Asian spice, leather, earth. The underlying tannin structure (from the Petite Sirah) is formidable but fine grained and beautifully wrapped with the wines flowing medium bodied fruit. The mid-palate has a generosity and softness but the wine also has a linear shape on the palate and beautiful length. This is just incredible wine and a serious bargain when you consider its pedigree and proven longevity.

Staff ImageAnthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 18, 2017

The latest offering from Ridge "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel is one of my favorites I have tried this year. A blend of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mataro (Mourvedre). Fresh blackberries and cherries are accentuated by rich vanilla and a dash of pepper. Nicely integrated tannin and acid give this Zinfandel balance and focus. Soft minerality and a touch of licorice, and fig add to the finish of this polished classic.

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2015 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel ($39.99)

94 points Vinous: "A dense, powerful wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch exudes concentration in all of its dimensions. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and spice meld together in a plush, voluptuous Zinfandel loaded with personality. There is so much to like. The Pagani is the ripest and most overt of the three Zinfandel-based 2015s I tasted. A generous dollop of Alicante contributes to the wine's feel. (AG)" (08/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Deep and potently structured, with distinctive spice box and licorice aromas and densely layered flavors of blackberry, cracked pepper and smoky herbes de Provence that finish with big but ripe tannins. (TF)" (11/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, the 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (83% Zinfandel, 10% Alicante Bouschet, and 7% Petite Sirah) is a downright slutty wine that's just loaded with sweet fruit and texture. Spiced plums, licorice, baking spices and brambly notes emerge from this ripe, full-bodied, plush Zinfandel that's already impossible to resist. It's not for those craving austerity or tart flavors. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 13, 2017

This is a Zinfandel based blend that's simply well-made with fruit from a famous, classic Sonoma vineyard. Pagani Ranch contains some of the oldest vines dating back to the 1880's and Ridge has been sourcing from them since 1991. The 2015 blend consists of mostly Zinfandel, with Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah adding color, fullness and dark elements to the wine. No doubt, this is a rich wine with brambly berry fruit, some spice and hints of floral notes as well. The intense flavors and aromas will certainly please all fellow Zin lovers.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2017

The 2015 Pagani Zin has an explosive nose of sweet, ripe fruit, macerated liquored cherries, exotic spices and scorched earth. The palate is packed with similar flavors, full-bodied and very fruit forward but with beautifully judged extraction. Sure the flavors are ripe (it's from one of the warmest, earliest harvests in living memory) but there is delicious freshness and vibrancy to the wine. Nothing about it's fruit profile stewed or roasted. People are going to love this wine from the get go...it's the perfect essence of Zinfandel.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2017

While the 2015 Lytton Springs is more a more structured and nuanced wine, the Pagani Ranch is the real crowd pleaser. It's so soft and loaded with sweet cassis fruit right off the bat with hints of violet on the finish and a texture that's like velvet on the tongue. I'm far from what you'd consider a big, rich California wine lover, but as a professional I like anything that's well made. I really enjoyed this wine, from its immediate charm and juicy character to its plush mouthfeel and seductive sweetness. There's a reason Ridge is one of the most iconic California winemakers in the business and it's wines like this that help to cement that reputation.