Rich, ripe and refined, Ridge's Lytton Springs bottling is once again a showcase for complex yet wonderfully mannerly winemaking. There is fullness in the body and balance at every stop making for a firm yet alluring palatal impression even at the wine's tender age. Its deep berry and spice flavors are lifted further by a dollop of creamy, somewhat vanillin-scented oak, and the wine's tannins, while somewhat elevated by the underlying acidity are no more than one would want to find in a wine that will lie down for a half decade and more while it achieves its comfortable majority. *Three Stars*
The 2010 Lytton Springs (67% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 3% Mataro) is fascinating because it seems to have handled the heat spikes far better than the Geyserville. This is first and foremost Lytton Springs, and a product of the 2010 vintage second. Firm tannins frame an expressive core of dark red cherries, flowers and sweet herbs. The inner perfume of Zinfandel resonates on the finish. The 2010 needs time to soften, but it is quite beautiful. Lytton Spring is a much larger site than Geyserville, the choices for lots are much greater, which affords the winemaking team a great deal of flexibility in crafting the final blends. (AG) 93+
Glass-staining ruby. A heady bouquet evokes cherry pie, potpourri, incense and vanilla, with a bright mineral topnote. Offers and array of ripe red fruit flavors along with notes of allspice and candied lavender. Rich but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and slow-building, silky tannins adding shape. (ST)
Super juicy. Some raisined character. Fine and refined on the finish. Long, dark, savoury. 17/20 points. (RH)
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