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1997 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #330447 92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Ruby-red. Pungent, musky, perfumed nose combines stone and berry fruits, violet and black pepper. Even more exotically ripe in the mouth than the above; dense, generous and full. Sound acids and firm-edged, even tannins give the wine lovely snap. Big and muscular, but racy and firm. This is light years ahead of bottles I've tasted of the '96. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/1999)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Shewolflove$74Paul Draper continues to label this bottling without a varietal designation—as he has since 1993—despite this vintage’s 80% Zinfandel. A dark, briary wine, this has plenty of everything you want in a Zin: berry fruit, mild acidity and a decent lashing of oak. Purely delicious, and Ridge’s best Lytton Springs of the past five years. (JC) Inner quote mark (9/1999)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Made from a blend of 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan, 2% Mataro, and 1% Grenache, the 1997 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red Wine (14.9% alcohol) exhibits a saturated purple color in addition to sumptuous aromas of truffles, licorice, loamy soil, blackberry liqueur, and cherries. There are layers of concentration, sweet glycerin in the mid-palate, and a blockbuster, concentrated, opulently-textured finish. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/1999)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Another stunning wine (like the 1997 Geyserville). Strawberry, super-ripe (bit not overripe) nose. Just slightly dry tannins for the moment but this has fabulous and sumptuous richness. Very complete wine by any measure. Drink through 2027. 19/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2010)

K&L Notes

In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s. (In the 1870s, under "Captain" William Litton's ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into "Lytton" by 1903.) 91 points Neal Martin for Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Lytton off-line at Rotisserie Jules. This is much better than the 1998 and an impressive showing for an 11-year old Zinfandel. The nose has a medicinal element to it, aromas of black cherries, orange liqueur and a hint of creme de cassis. Good definition and lift. The palate is full-bodied, fleshy on the entry, harmonious and succulent, lower pH towards the finish with a touch of spice…a nice prickle on the tongue. An extrovert Lytton Springs Zin, and just delicious to drink. Tasted November 2008." (Wine Journal, 11/2009)

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