Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend 2018

$39.99

95 Points - new release                                        The new Ridge Lytton Springs Red now available! Limited. 95 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Ridge's Lytton Springs opens up beautifully, with bright acids that drive a whole range of red/purplish fruit intermingled with floral notes. Creamy and ample in feel, the 2017 boasts superb balance and pedigree. Readers lucky enough to own it should plan on cellaring it for at least a few years." 91 Robert Parker: "The 2017 Lytton Springs is made up of 74% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane and 2% Mataro. It aged in 100% air-dried American oak, 10% new. Medium ruby-purple, it opens with dried flowers, autumn leaves and cinnamon stick notions over a core of crushed red cherries, dried cranberries, apricot, underbrush, red currant and black cherries with a super spicy undercurrent. The palate is medium-bodied, spicy and fresh with a grainy frame and juicy freshness, finishing long and lifted... ...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

Josh Morgenthau Delectable Pro

A spectral array of herbs and fruit. Violet, crunchy purple berries, blood orange. Transparent. Enough tannins and concentration to age majestically, but a joy right now.

A spectral array of herbs and fruit. Violet, crunchy purple berries, blood orange. Transparent. Enough tannins and concentration to age majestically, but a joy right now.

9.6

Vasanth Balakrishnan

Young quality #zinfandel #petitsirah blend by Ridge - blackberry pie filling, vanilla and other sweet spices on the nose; beautifully balanced fruit and acidity ending in grippy tannins. Methinks this wine would be better laid down for 5+ years.

Young quality #zinfandel #petitsirah blend by Ridge - blackberry pie filling, vanilla and other sweet spices on the nose; beautifully balanced fruit and acidity ending in grippy tannins. Methinks this wine would be better laid down for 5+ years.

9.0

Roman Ochocki

It's young and I wonder if and how it will develop in the next few years. But today: a strawberry and a charcoal. Mild but with a pepper finish.

It's young and I wonder if and how it will develop in the next few years. But today: a strawberry and a charcoal. Mild but with a pepper finish.

9.3

Martin Sher

Still so bright with so little bottle age, but the Cab in the blend lends depth and a nice background waft of cassis. Will doubtless be better in several years.

Still so bright with so little bottle age, but the Cab in the blend lends depth and a nice background waft of cassis. Will doubtless be better in several years.

9.3

Uli Klumpp

Berry compote, cherry, medium acid, robust tannins

Berry compote, cherry, medium acid, robust tannins

9.1

Wine-O-Mite!!

F-ing killer wine. This will improve, but it is already just awesome by me. Everything I love about Cali zin (chili peppers song? No?), with a supporting cast of petit verdot and friends lending a supple, lovely balance that just sings for me. Not to be dramatic, but I am not sure I have had a better wine at this price point in my life.

F-ing killer wine. This will improve, but it is already just awesome by me. Everything I love about Cali zin (chili peppers song? No?), with a supporting cast of petit verdot and friends lending a supple, lovely balance that just sings for me. Not to be dramatic, but I am not sure I have had a better wine at this price point in my life.

9.7

Austin Anderson

Full-bodied, peppery, some dark fruits. Smooth and heavy but a little spicy.

Full-bodied, peppery, some dark fruits. Smooth and heavy but a little spicy.

9.3

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