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2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1172548 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright, full red. Very primary aromas of dark berries, black tea, flowers and resiny herbs. Seriously concentrated, deeply spicy Zinfandel in a distinctly elegant style, with penetrating acidity framing and lifting the savory flavors of dark berries, licorice, black pepper, pungent spices and flowers. A bit muskier than the 2012 Geyserville version, and also tighter and more backward, not yet showing the plushness of that wine. But this extremely youthful wine finishes with a firm spine of supple tannins and terrific sappy energy and length. It's really nowhere near its peak and should enjoy a long life in bottle. According to Draper, 2012 was 'finally a drier year, with a perfect summer and a good crop--a return to a normal vintage, not super hot but the beginning of a string of drought years. The wines are dense and well-defined.' (ST) 93+ Inner quote mark (8/2018)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark 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. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (1/2015)

K&L Notes

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.


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
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In true form this is a great Lytton. A truly benchmark wine that I think is undervalued in the grand scheme of things. Powerful, dense fruit that can be enjoyed now but with the bones to be a classic long lived Lytton. You have to have this in your cellar.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
This Zin-heavy, old vine blend shows notes of black cherry, sage and vanilla. The wine finishes long with a soft, velvety tannin and spicy punch. Add this bottling to the long list of home runs by Ridge.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2015 | Send Email
If you haven’t tried the Lytton Springs and Geyserville bottlings by Ridge Vineyards by now you probably have been living under a rock, or on some deserted island somewhere. For decades--the first Geyserville was made in 1966 and first Lytton in 1972--these have been the best zinfandel based wines in the United States. For either instant consumption or long term cellaring few have ever shown as much promise and continuously paid such great dividends. We thought we’d not see any more of this wine having been sold out for some time but, PRESTO, there some was just hanging out in Southern California. So we jumped on whatever we could and are bringing this to you as a “last call.” The 2012 Lytton Springs was delicious from the start with a vibrant mix of high toned wild red berry fruit, sassafras, white pepper and streaks of vanilla and coconut flake. A bit more confectionary and lush than the 2013 Geyserville this is a touch more giving right now and is just delicious. However, like all the Ridge wines it will continue to age gracefully. It is about as good as it gets in the current world of Zinfandel.

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