2012 Ridge "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
The 2012 Lytton Springs is quite reserved, compact and inward at this stage. There is good density and depth in the glass, but the elements aren't fully formed just yet. While most of Ridge's 2012s are quite open today, that is not at all the case with the Lytton Springs. The 2012 is going to need time. In 2012, Lytton Springs is 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 4% Mataro (Mourvèdre). 93+ points. (AG)
**Two Stars** Although its aromas do not jump from the glass, this carefully made Zin exhibits fine focus and very articulate varietal fruit that gains intensity and gradually takes center stage in the very well-composed flavors that follow. The wine is moderately full and quite nicely balanced with fine tactile grip owing to its integral young tannins, and it will age famously by dint of its fruity depth and exemplary sense of proportion.
Silky and clarety. Very polished. All US oak but it tastes really rather claret-like! A little bit of heat on the end. Slightly richer than the Geyserville. 17/20 points. (JR)
Renowned for its rich, complex Zinfandels and endowed with a remarkable set of terroirs, Ridge has been producing the Lytton Springs Zinfandel since 1972, from vines planted at the turn of the century. Winemaker notes for the 2012: "Black cherry, vanilla, toasty oak and mint aromas. Complex of raspberry, black olive, licorice with chalky tannins. Long finish with intriguing notes of pepper and spice." 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 3% Mataro.