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1997 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Syrah

SKU #1004487 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby. Varietally accurate aromas of blackberry, pepper, woodsmoke, eucalyptus and meat, plus a hint of pineapple. Suave, supple and pliant, with lovely sweetness and very good concentration. Not yet especially complex but concentrated, nicely balanced, ripely tannic and quite persistent. This struck me as rather Cornas-like. Inner quote mark (5/2001)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A big, big wine. Inky black, with intense cassis, blackberry and plum aromas, and plenty of oak. Tight and tannic now, but the plentiful fruit flavors are lurking just below the surface. Age should do the trick. Inner quote mark (10/1999)

K&L Notes

K&L's notes - Again, tiny production of killer old vine Syrah from Lytton West's vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. The 1997 developed in perfect growing conditions and is as big and brawny as any Cornas. Intense, rich and with the old tannins fading, this wine will arrive ready to drink. A truly rare gem.

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