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2015 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1319080 95 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Petite Sirah's expressive personality contributes both spicy and strong structural elements to the dominant Zinfandel portion here, and it all adds up to a young, highly promising bottling with well-concentrated, fully fruited aromas and flavors. Indeed, there is so much to like that, despite its tannic load, this boldly stated wine will drink very nicely now with savory beef or lamb roasts, yet its true brilliance lies some years in the future, and we will happily lay some away for five to ten years in the full expectation that both range and sophistication will grow and grow. Inner quote mark (9/2017)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Lytton Springs is very, very closed. Readers should not think about opening a bottle anytime soon. Intensely aromatic, but also tightly wound, the 2015 only hints at its true potential. Deceptively medium in body, the 2015 packs a real punch. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (8/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Checking in as 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and the rest Mataro (Mourvèdre), all from the Dry Creek Valley, the 2015 Zinfandel Lytton Springs has a deep purple color as well as a sensational perfume of black cherries, blackberries, ground herbs, leather, and earth. More reserved and elegant than the Pagani Ranch, yet beautifully concentrated, seamless, and perfectly balanced, it opens up nicely with time in the glass, has sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s a complete wine that’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well for over a decade. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A true field blend, with 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mourvedre, this is one of California’s most consistent Zins. It has a sumptuous cherry nose. On the palate it is rich and explosive, with zest and drive. Textured and grippy, but shows no sign of being over-extracted. (SB) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Briary and subtly potent, with floral black raspberry and licorice aromas and zesty, well-built dark cherry, smoky anise and pepper flavors that finish with ripe tannins. (TF) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Zinfandel dominates, then Petite Sirah. West of Geyserville with more clay loam. More intense and a little more spicy than the Geyserville. A little more savoury but wonderfully aromatic. Deep, with some sweet American oak spice but all seamlessly integrated even now. Ripe plum, spicy dark red fruit. Firm, chewy but supple. 17.5/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (6/2017)


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By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2017 | Send Email
The 2017 fall releases from Ridge have dropped and they are just as we'd expect from the famous Zinfandel producer - fabulous! Lytton Springs, situated in the Dry Creek Valley, is always an incredibly approachable, elegant Zinfandel that is a great introduction to Ridge. It is not overwhelmed by new oak (only 15% is new) and is layered with dried herbs, oak spice and black fruits. This iconic wine will only get better as time goes on, but don't be afraid to enjoy now!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2017 | Send Email
The Ridge "Lytton Springs" has always been the Zinfandel to give to people who say they don't like Zinfandel. It's one of the most elegant, poised, and serious red blends made in the entire state and the 2015 takes that complex and layered formula to an entirely new level. More like a Bordeaux blend than a classic Zin, the addition of 16% Petite Syrah adds serious grit and structure, but it's brilliantly done and bolsters the richness of the fruit beautifully. When you start to think about what goes into crafting a great wine, not just the quality of the fruit or the location of the vineyard, but also the blending of different varietals to make something greater than the sum of its parts, the Lytton Springs is high on my list of iconic blends. As you decant the 2015 vintage, you'll notice more and more complexity as the air unlocks all that intrigue: berries, spice, brush, earth, excitement!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2017 | Send Email
This wine is pure class from the first sniff. The elegance, polish and purity that this wine possesses belies it's rugged old vine source. This wine has so much elegance, refinement and poise. Often when we think about "Old Vine Zin" it conjures up ideas of massive dark fruit, wildness...and sense of untamed raw material. This wine has all the concentration and intensity one might hope for but it presents itself so immaculately. The lifted, brambly fruits delineated from the Asian spice, leather, earth. The underlying tannin structure (from the Petite Sirah) is formidable but fine grained and beautifully wrapped with the wines flowing medium bodied fruit. The mid-palate has a generosity and softness but the wine also has a linear shape on the palate and beautiful length. This is just incredible wine and a serious bargain when you consider its pedigree and proven longevity.

By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2017 | Send Email
The latest offering from Ridge "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel is one of my favorites I have tried this year. A blend of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mataro (Mourvedre). Fresh blackberries and cherries are accentuated by rich vanilla and a dash of pepper. Nicely integrated tannin and acid give this Zinfandel balance and focus. Soft minerality and a touch of licorice, and fig add to the finish of this polished classic.

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