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2014 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1271162 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2014 Lytton Springs is another absolutely gorgeous wine...there appears to be plenty of complexity and depth hiding behind the acidity and tannin. Far from an easygoing Zinfandel, the 2014 Lytton is a wine to buy and cellar for at least a handful of years. The wine's richness, persistence and vertical intensity all lead me to believe it will be special in time. Black cherry, pomegranate, mint and sweet spices meld into the resonant finish. A kick of tannin from the Petite adds personality, something the 2014 has in spades. This is an absolutely stellar set of wines from Ridge... Zinfandel fans will find much to like in the 2014s, a vintage that produced super-elegant wines. Of course, the biggest news at Ridge is Paul Draper's retirement, but then again, that has been in the works for so long that it was hardly a surprise when it was formally announced earlier this summer. As one of the foremost ambassadors of American wine, Draper leaves behind a rich legacy at Ridge going back to 1969 and a team that is more than capable of leading the winery into the next generation. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (6/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Not overripe so much as concentrated and reflecting its broadly based composition, this wine impresses with depth and potency, and while not boldly fruity in the classic Zinfandel model, it does come with notions of raspberry and dried strawberry in the midst of its blackberry-scented fruit. It is somewhat juicy to start, then turns tight and a tad astringent across the palate and into a finish that stays the course in the face of youthful tannin. Time will be a big-time ally here, and we would put this wine away for four years at a minimum and expect it to hold in good stead long into the next decade. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (9/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark More fresh and elegant than the Geyserville, with a touch more focus, the 2014 Lytton Springs is another beautiful wine from this estate. Made from 69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah and the rest Carignan and Mourvèdre, aged in 20% new American oak, it boasts fabulous notes of plums, blackberry jam, toasted spice and licorice as well as medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate depth and notable tannin. The Geyserville is a touch sexier, but this will be longer lived. Give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more. (JD) 91+ Inner quote mark (10/2016)

K&L Notes

69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, 2% Mataro (Mourvedre).

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By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2017 | Send Email
This wine is starting to come into it's own since the last time I tasted it, about 6 months ago. The plumb and blackberry nose is still extremely intense, you will notice it before the glass is all the way up to your face. This is a big complex wine with lots of depth and a refined mouth feel. The Petite Syrah (18%) brings big tannins to the wine, but they are not over the top. The combination of big fruit, bold tannins and noticeable acid will allow this wine to age gracefully over the next 5-10 years. Drink one now but revisit it again in a few years.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2017 | Send Email
This Zinfandel-dominant blend from top producer Ridge is perfectly balanced with deep red fruit, maritime acidity, and a slight touch of American oak. Ridge develops intense flavors and complexity in their wine with old-vine plantings, no irrigation, and sustainable farming. One of my favorite aspects about Ridge is the ingredient list on their labels, showing consumers everything that goes into their wines. This particular vintage is medium- to full-bodied with silky tannins. Always a favorite producer of mine, the Lytton Springs is a fantastic, classic example of how Zinfandel should be made.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2016 | Send Email
A wonderfully age-worthy Zin! The Lytton Springs has ripe, juicy, purple fruits on the mid-palate and great acid, but it is still tight and quite young. In a few years, when then tannins have relaxed, I can see this wine being full-bodied, dynamic and layered with earth, spice and deep fruit. I am eager to enjoy it again!

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