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2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel SKU #1172548

Price: $44.99

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Renowned for its rich, complex Zinfandels and endowed with a remarkable set of terroirs, Ridge Vineyards has been producing the Lytton Springs Zinfandel since 1972, from vines planted at the turn of the century. Winemaker notes for the 2012: "Black cherry, vanilla, toasty oak and mint aromas. Complex of raspberry, black olive, licorice with chalky tannins. Long finish with intriguing notes of pepper and spice." 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 3% Mataro.

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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    In true form this is a great Lytton. A truly benchmark wine that I think is undervalued in the grand scheme of things. Powerful, dense fruit that can be enjoyed now but with the bones to be a classic long lived Lytton. You have to have this in your cellar.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    This Zin-heavy, old vine blend shows notes of black cherry, sage and vanilla. The wine finishes long with a soft, velvety tannin and spicy punch. Add this bottling to the long list of home runs by Ridge.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    If you haven’t tried the Lytton Springs and Geyserville bottlings by Ridge Vineyards by now you probably have been living under a rock, or on some deserted island somewhere. For decades--the first Geyserville was made in 1966 and first Lytton in 1972--these have been the best zinfandel based wines in the United States. For either instant consumption or long term cellaring few have ever shown as much promise and continuously paid such great dividends. We thought we’d not see any more of this wine having been sold out for some time but, PRESTO, there some was just hanging out in Southern California. So we jumped on whatever we could and are bringing this to you as a “last call.” The 2012 Lytton Springs was delicious from the start with a vibrant mix of high toned wild red berry fruit, sassafras, white pepper and streaks of vanilla and coconut flake. A bit more confectionary and lush than the 2013 Geyserville this is a touch more giving right now and is just delicious. However, like all the Ridge wines it will continue to age gracefully. It is about as good as it gets in the current world of Zinfandel.


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