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2008 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Syrah

SKU #1211973

From the winemaker: "At Lytton Springs West, Ridge has just over three acres of twenty year old Syrah Noir, the California selection from plantings in 1916 and three and a half acres of younger French clones. These parcels are situated in the well-drained Sites soil on the bench overlooking Norton Creek. Since 1996, we have produced limited amounts for the Advance Tasting Program (ATP). Over time, the consistent quality showed Syrah to be well matched to the climate and soil of Lytton Estate." Vintage notes: "Challenged by a second year of drought, the vines set a small crop. Our four syrah parcels ripened fully in the first half of September. The grapes were destemmed, but left uncrushed, and fermented on their natural yeasts. A small amount of viognier was added to each small fermentor, softening tannins and accentuating aroma. On average, we pressed on day seven. Uninoculated malolactic fermentation followed, and finished by early October. The four separate lots were racked to American oak barrels, and then combined in November. Because one- and two-year-old barrels better preserve vineyard and varietal character, no new oak was used. This well-structured syrah will benefit from further cellaring, and be at its best in the next eight to twelve years."

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