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2007 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1051884 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark No surprises here. The wine has retained its berryish, brambly, spicy aromas, has plenty of volume and barely shows its age in its slight drift towards cedary complexity. Along the way, it is somewhat round and polished but has not lost that zesty, concentrated goodness that has made Lytton Springs Zins cellaring favorites of ours for several decades. If you have some in your cellar, know that it will drink wonderfully now, yet it seems sure to age for five years or more from here. Two stars, 91 points when first reviewed. Inner quote mark (5/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2007 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan; 14.4% alcohol) exhibits a similar dark ruby/purple hue as well as more black fruits and spice in the impressive aromatics. It is a fuller-bodied, richer wine with beautiful texture, purity, and length. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2010)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This starts with the sweet richness of Dry Creek Zin, with plush, candied red fruit that turns savory as tannins darken the wine into the finish. It ends with lovely briskness, a fine balance between the fruit sweetness and the tannin. With age, the earthy complexities of the wine should evolve. Inner quote mark (2/2010)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep ruby. Heavily oak-influenced at the outset, showing candied dark berries, cherry-cola, bourbon and vanilla scents, along with notes of clove and incense. Extended aeration helps to dissipate the oak notes and allows sweet raspberry and blueberry fruit to emerge on the palate. Soft tannins add support but quickly fade into the sweet, velvety fruit on the finish. If you plan on opening this any time soon, give it a few hours in a decanter. (JR) 90+ Inner quote mark (11/2009)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Zesty and briary, with dried cherry and fennel aromas and concentrated plum, licorice and cracked pepper flavors, finishing with earthy tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. (TF, Web Only-2010) Inner quote mark


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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2009 | Send Email
This is one heck of a Zinfandel! Rumor has it that the '07 vintage is the best Zinfandel vintage since the early '80s. This wine is full of vibrant fruits and intense spiciness and possesing great structure. It was so good I couldn't resist a second glass!

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