From the winery: "Ridge became involved with grenache quite by accident when, in 1972, we first harvested the nineteenth-century vines on the eastern hills of Lytton Springs. Though we didn't know it then, one of the hills—planted in 1902—had a high percentage of grenache interplanted with small amounts of zinfandel and petite sirah. We purchased the eastern vineyards in 1991 and identified the varietal percentages in each parcel; in 1992, those old mixed vines, harvested separately, produced our first Grenache/Zinfandel. Ridge bought Lytton Springs' western vineyards in 1995, acquiring a mixed grenache block planted in 1963, and a straight grenache block planted in 1991. We currently have 3.2 acres of mature syrah, and 6 acres of syrah (together with a small amount of viognier) planted in 2001." Vintage notes: "A cold summer slowed ripening, but careful thinning assured intensity of flavor at harvest. The syrah, destemmed but not crushed, fermented with the grenache. At pressing, three fractions were held separate, and the best added to the free run. Focused fruit and soft tannins were the criteria for selection at assemblage. Appealing as a young wine, it will be at its best over the next six to seven years."
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