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2013 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1217778 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the glass, the 2013 boasts tons of inky blue/purplish fruit, mocha, spices, new leather, lavender and licorice. Readers will have to give the Lytton Springs at least a few years to shed some baby fat, but it is nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage. Once again, the team at Ridge has produced an absolutely compelling Lytton Springs. The 16% Petite Sirah in the blend adds an unmistakable air of gravitas. Ridge remains one of the finest operations I visit anywhere in the world. The total commitment to quality, value and customer service simply has no equal in this country. Although the flagship Monte Bello, Lytton Springs and Geyserville bottlings get most of the attention, the Three Valleys Zinfandel is a reliably outstanding value, while the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the finest California Cabernet Sauvignon in its price range. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mataro (Mourvèdre), the 2013 Lytton Springs is a sexy, plump and gorgeously rich effort that has lots of bramble, plums, violets and licorice on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated, it has a solid kick of tannin and will benefit from short term cellaring. 15-20 years of longevity isn't out of the question here. (JD) 92+ Inner quote mark (10/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Refreshingly old-school in style, with floral dill and raspberry aromas and elegant, layered flavors of cherry, anise and pepper. (TF, Web Only-2016) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark A mix of spiced black berries and fresh herbs lift from the glass and carry into the palate. There is ample tannin and a sense of power here but it is quite fine-boned and upright at the same time – strong but not hefty. Quite persistent, nicely balanced acidity for a long finish. Plenty of structure and fruit to age. (ECB) 17.5+/20 points Inner quote mark (10/2018)


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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2016 | Send Email
Ridge is one of my favorite producers in California and the 2013 Lytton Springs Zinfandel is yet another example of why that is. Although there is good ripe fruit on the nose and at the front of this wine, the balance of acid really drives it. Ridge is extremely good at balancing their Zinfandel and not allowing them to run to a jammy side. Rich fruit, good spice, and a lift that carries the wine a long way on the finish. there is nothing not to like about it.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2016 | Send Email
A lush, big, and bold Ridge blend to represent a great 2013 harvest and vintage coming out of CA so far. Plenty of fruit, with some spice and bright character to help follow through to a great finish on my palate. Great stuff.

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