From the winery: "At Lytton Springs West, Ridge has just over three acres of twenty year old syrah noir, the California selection from plantings in 1916 and three and a half acres of younger French clones. These parcels are situated in the well-drained Sites soil on the bench overlooking Norton Creek. Since 1996, we have produced limited amounts for the Advance Tasting Program (ATP). Over time, the consistent quality showed syrah to be well matched to the climate and soil of Lytton Estate. As in the past, the 2010 vintage was co-fermented with a small amount of viognier from an adjacent parcel. Following harvest, it was assembled, in blind tasting, from the most intense and distinct lots." Vintage notes: "An unusually cool growing season delayed harvest by a full month; the small crop was picked in mid-October. Destemmed whole berries were pumped to tank, where viognier fermented with the syrah, moderating tannins, and enhancing aromas. Natural yeasts brought the juice to dryness for pressing on day seven; uninoculated malolactics finished by year’s end. Selection was made in blind tastings: grapes from the two oldest syrah plantings were chosen for their structure and intensity, and a small amount from a younger block was included for its lively fruit. Barrel-aged for nineteen months in seasoned american oak, this sensuous syrah can be enjoyed over the next seven to ten years."
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