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2018 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel SKU #1494480

Price: $34.95

RP 96 VN 96 WE 94
JD 92
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K&L Notes

An icon from Ridge, Lytton Springs is synonymous with Ridge, and one of their most loved and longest-running wines—first released with the 1972 vintage. The 2018 has incredible purity and poise. The old vine intensity of fruit is coiled and polished into a very focused wine with obvious aging potential, precise balance, and poise. Put this in your cellar while you drink the Pagani. 2018 Lytton is a 20-plus-year wine, for sure. (Ryan Woodhouse K&L Wines Domestic Wine Buyer) Blend: 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 2% Mataro. Hand-harvested and sustainably grown.

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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    3/14/2021
    K&L Staff Member
    From the very first sips of 2018 Zinfandel I tasted, (I think Bedrock's releases were the first) I knew it was going to be a magical vintage for California's ancient vineyards, most of which were planted, at least in large part, to Zinfandel. The long, cool growing season, especially the lack of any major heat spikes around harvest time, allowed Zinfandel to mature beautifully without losing too much of the all-important acidity or succumbing to the prominent raisin-like character of over-ripeness. The result is fully ripe flavors with lovely freshness and vibrancy. If anyone has any doubts about the brilliance of this grape and its ability to match the other famous varietals of the world in terms of depth, complexity, structure, and longevity, the 2018 releases from Ridge (and some of their contemporaries) should put an end to those doubts for good. These wines are absolutely magical and among the finest bargains in the world of wine given the pedigree and quality they possess. For me, Lytton Springs is always a wine that has fantastic purity and poise. Lovely, high-toned aromas of rose petal, baking spice, bramble fruit, cherry tart, bergamot, bay leaf, dusty earth. Some darker elements of leather and scorched oak fold into the layers of deep red fruit. The acidity is the real driver of structure here. While the tannins are ripe and supple, the acidity gives lift and drive on the palate. So wonderfully exotic and expressive and yet focused and precise at the same time. Stunning wine that shouldn't be missed.
    Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2050
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    11/6/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    As usual this is a wine of proportion and balance over sheer size and power. Baking spices, mixed berries, potpourri and dark currants blend seamlessly in the sleek body. This poised, elegant and very youthful Zin finishes long and dry.

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