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1996 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1035581 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This wine (78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan, and 1% Grenache) possesses 14.5% alcohol. It boasts the sweetest, jammiest nose, as well as a healthy dark ruby/purple color, full body, robust, chewy flavors, and the best length of these offerings. This expansively-flavored wine should drink well for 5-6 years.This is an excellent, nearly outstanding Zinfandel that possesses a certain firmness and structured feel (particularly when compared to the 1995s, 1994s, and 1993s). Because of the definition and angularity, it would be natural for readers to think this wine requires cellaring....Ridge has produced a fine series of 1996 Zinfandels. They reveal the vintage's rich, high alcohol personality, and forward, immediately drinkable style. I do not believe the 1996 vintage will age more than 5-6 years, despite the high alcohol. The tiny Zinfandel crop resulted in concentrated wines, but they are not as exceptionally deep as one might have expected given the small yields Inner quote mark (8/1998)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Ruby-red. Rather sauvage aromas of game, leather and cigar ash, plus a distinct cooked fruit quality. Supple and sweet on entry, but quite drying on the finish, with rather tough tannins. Inner quote mark (6/1998)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Without the stamp of one particular varietal, this wine manages to provide complex, well-integrated, spicy plum and wild berry and toasty, cedary oak. A touch hot on the finish, but it's rich and intense, with lots of power and flavor. Inner quote mark (5/1998)

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