A members-only release from this popular site. From the winery: "At Lytton Springs West, Ridge has just over three acres of twenty-two 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 2012 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: "Warm, dry days provided the polar opposite of 2011. Harvested in late September, the fruit was destemmed but not crushed. Cofermenting viognier enhanced aroma, moderated tannins, and stabilized color. Once malolactics finished, the two oldest syrah blocks were combined. Two years’ aging has added exotic spice to the intense fruit. Eight to nine years will resolve tannins and develop still greater complexity."
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