1999 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (3L) SKU #1057165

$209.99

RP 92 ST 90
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From Wine & Spirits: "A classic vintage at Lytton Springs, this ‘99 frames all the complexities offered up by the ancient vines on these roiling, Dry Creek Valley hills. The field blend of zinfandel with petite sirah (17 percent), carignane (10) and mataro (3) builds the deep scent of currants, of blackberries in compote, of the warmth of the soil and the sweetness of the sun. Alcohol lifts it, but it’s no match for the succulence of the fruit, its refined beauty, its tight grip. This is one of the most evocative wines you’ll find from California, a liquid portrait of a vineyard. Why it costs only $30 is anybody’s guess. Buy a case before those $100 a bottle cabernet drinkers get a clue." According to Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine 06-2001: "The engaging aromas of ripe berries, sweet spices and oaky, vanillin notes of this well-made, expressly varietal Zinfandel are paralleled in its spry, bright flavors that hold burgeoning ripeness nicely in check despite a bit of heat rising in the aftertaste. Youthful tannins make a not unexpected appearance as well, and this wine could benefit from a few years of bottle age although its ample stuffing would make it a sturdy partner to summery barbecues."

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