Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend 2016

$44

95 Points - new release                                        The new Ridge Lytton Springs Red now available! Limited. 95 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2016 Lytton Springs is a powerful, dense wine. Black cherry, plum, lavender, new leather, cloves, licorice and menthol flesh out. Deep, plush and richly textured, the 2016 Lytton Springs packs a real punch. The 23% Petite Sirah is felt in the wine's darkness and overall gravitas. There is more than enough richness and structure to support many years of fine drinking. What a gorgeous wine this is." 92+ Robert Parker: "The 2016 Lytton Springs is also excellent, offering up aromas of crushed currants, plums, candied violets and baked clay. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and youthfully chewy, with a crunchy core of fruit and fine-grained but firm structuring tannins. It's a bit more burly and rustic than the satiny, sumptuous Geyserville this year—no surprise, given that the blend contains fully 23% Petite Sirah (alongside 69% Zinfandel, 6% Carignane and 2% Mataro)... ...This was a great set of recent releases from Ridge, with the superb 2016 Geyserville standing out as a particular highlight. I've also included a few notes on barrel samples tasted at the Monte Bello winery. For my notes on the winery's flagship Bordeaux blend, Monte Bello, readers are directed to my extensive feature on that wine, also published in this issue. Ridge boasts as illustrious a history as any winery in California, but they certainly aren't resting on their laurels. Indeed, a persuasive case could be made that Ridge is currently producing the best wines they've ever made."

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Ratings on Delectable

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

Such a good wine. Especially for the price. Rich and sophisticated. Plums and cherry, leather and licorice. Lots going on. Nice tanin grip. Delicious.

Such a good wine. Especially for the price. Rich and sophisticated. Plums and cherry, leather and licorice. Lots going on. Nice tanin grip. Delicious.

9.4

Andrew Lohse Delectable Pro

Everything going on here—seriously, everything

Everything going on here—seriously, everything

9.2

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Pulled back somewhat. Became a bit green with time in the glass.

Pulled back somewhat. Became a bit green with time in the glass.

8.6

Charles Rivas Delectable Pro

Wow. Stunning expression of fruit and earth, medium finish and integrated tannins. Fruit forward, but enough structure and seriousness to study every sip.

Wow. Stunning expression of fruit and earth, medium finish and integrated tannins. Fruit forward, but enough structure and seriousness to study every sip.

9.3

Matt Lasater Delectable Pro

Maybe one of the best young Lytton Springs I’ve had. Wonderful and mouth-filling fruit, just enough sinew, spiced, great perfume, balanced oak (albeit young still), fresh acid and earthy charm. Balanced and should stay that way for some time, would love to see at the 10-15 year mark. Ripe black raspberry, wild blackberry jam, yellow peach yogurt, vanilla, dried meat, flowers, cloves, mint and clay. Nice length. A touch wound up but plenty of generosity to drink now.

Maybe one of the best young Lytton Springs I’ve had. Wonderful and mouth-filling fruit, just enough sinew, spiced, great perfume, balanced oak (albeit young still), fresh acid and earthy charm. Balanced and should stay that way for some time, would love to see at the 10-15 year mark. Ripe black raspberry, wild blackberry jam, yellow peach yogurt, vanilla, dried meat, flowers, cloves, mint and clay. Nice length. A touch wound up but plenty of generosity to drink now.

9.2

Meg Herring Delectable Pro

A bit fruitier and lighter than the Geyserville for me. Goes down easy!

A bit fruitier and lighter than the Geyserville for me. Goes down easy!

9.0

John Howard Delectable Pro

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

Young, oaky and wound up, but with serious potential. Needs a year to integrate.

Young, oaky and wound up, but with serious potential. Needs a year to integrate.

9.1

Brendan Devine

The utilitarian in me really appreciates the Ridge labels. Second time I’ve had this wine and I really enjoy it. Cherries and anise.

The utilitarian in me really appreciates the Ridge labels. Second time I’ve had this wine and I really enjoy it. Cherries and anise.

9.2

Scott Petrus

Never ceases to amaze me the refinement of these huge Cali stunners.

Never ceases to amaze me the refinement of these huge Cali stunners.

9.2

Martin Sher

Could use a bit of time - though not a crime to drink with at least 30 min of air. Unmistakable Zin - big fruit and spice. Thoroughly enjoyable and a wine that doesn’t require a high IQ to enjoy.

Could use a bit of time - though not a crime to drink with at least 30 min of air. Unmistakable Zin - big fruit and spice. Thoroughly enjoyable and a wine that doesn’t require a high IQ to enjoy.

9.2

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