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2018 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah

SKU #1494447 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah is totally stunning. Bright, focused and powerful, the 2018 presents a breathtaking interplay of rich Petite fruit allied to a classic, old-school sense of structure. Dark blue/purplish fruit, leather, licorice, lavender, menthol and gravel are some of the many notes that infuse the 2018 with all those layers of flavor. The 2018 is a real stunner. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Containing 3% Zinfandel, the 2018 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate has luscious aromas of cassis and blue fruits, turned earth, coffee and aniseed. The palate is full, concentrated and firm but offers great freshness and fruit detail in the mouth, and it finishes very long and layered. It's approachable now if you love a big red, but it will also age well in the cellar. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A few hardy Petite Sirah vines remain of the original 1901 planting at Lytton Springs; this wine comes from more recent plantings, ranging from 1987 through 2008. Their fruit takes petite sirah in a luscious direction, banishing any punishing tannins in favor of gentler spice-box notes and an underlying mineral structure. Above ground, it’s all sunny, a cacophony of blue, red and purple fruit, meaty richness and youthful energy. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark There are 4,600 cases of the 2018 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate. (There's 3% Zinfandel in the blend.) This dark-fruited, ripe, smoky wine has full-bodied richness, a rounded, opulent texture, good acidity, loads of currant and chocolate blue fruits, and a great finish. It picks up a chalky minerality with time in the glass and, despite being a big, rich wine, it has a terrific sense of freshness. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This firm, muscular wine is one for the cellar. It matches charcoal and bitter-chocolate aromas with vivid, deep, roast blueberry, cranberry and woodsmoke flavors that will need several years to meld together with the chewy tannins. (JG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

A wine that has a following here at K&L, this is a special selection of Petite Sirah from Lytton Springs that gets its own bottling. From vines dating back to 1901, this wine is brooding and intense, with tons of black and blue fruit, scorched earth, and tobacco notes.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2021 | Send Email
You can search high and wide and I highly doubt you'll find a better example of Petite Sirah than this. I say that because I'm not sure one exists. Ridge's Lytton Petite is an absolute benchmark wine for the varietal. This formidable grape is known for its inky concentration, wild brambly fruit and muscular tannins; this wine from Ridge certainly checks the boxes for those classic characters of the variety. However is is also wonderfully floral and aromatic. The fruit, whilst dense and powerful, is pure, vibrant and fresh. The tannins, whilst providing that classic grip and structure, are fine grained and enveloped in the blue and purple fruit and earthy spices. Such a stunning bottle of wine. Totally approachable now with its youthful exuberance but a proven entity in the cellar with 20+ years of potential for those of you with more patience than myself.

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