Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2014

£47.00

Hailing from old Zinfandel vines in the historic Lytton Springs vineyard, which are planted with complementary Petite Sirah and Carignane vines, this is a mighty, juicy, robust, decadent beasty, bursting...

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Hailing from old Zinfandel vines in the historic Lytton Springs vineyard, which are planted with complementary Petite Sirah and Carignane vines, this is a mighty, juicy, robust, decadent beasty, bursting with flavours of raspberry, black pepper, liquorice and garrigue. The palate has rich, black fruit and is gorgeously full and viscous. It has well-coated tannins and a long, voluptuous finish. Sorry, this is a rather straight-laced tasting note. The wine isn't though, don't worry. It's a raucous bundle of joy.


Despite welcome late-spring rains, the growing season got off to an early start in 2009. Significant heat throughout July ripened the grapes for harvest in early September. The vineyard's thirty-four parcels were picked separately, fermented on their natural yeasts, and were pressed at dryness. In blind tastings following natural malolactic, we chose 23 of the lots to exemplify the vintage. The proportion of new oak was reduced slightly, to allow full expression of the wine's fruit and inherent elegance. Enjoyable upon release, this opulent though structured Lytton Springs will evolve over the next ten to fifteen years.


Ridge can trace its history back to 1892 when the first Montebello wine was released from the same vineyard and winery where this iconic wine is still made to this day. The Lytton Springs vineyard was incorporated into the estate in 1991. The philosophy at Ridge has always been to use minimal intervention to bring out the true terroir in the wines. However, this approach is backed by very modern equipment and facilities and top-class technical analysis.


Paul Draper joined Ridge in 1969 and rose to become the present CEO and chief winemaker. A Stanford graduate in philosophy with years of traditional winemaking experience around Europe, Paul was a guiding light in the development of the present Ridge style. Paul Olney is the head winemaker for the Lytton Springs wines since 1999 having joined Ridge in 1996. Again extensive travel in Europe, with experience working at some top estates such as Romanée Conti as well as some of California’s top names gives John a wide winemaking experience to call upon.


Vineyards are working sustainably with organic certification in progress and minimal intervention. Once ripe, all grapes are hand-picked and hand sorted in the vineyards before being de-stemmed. Fermentation is done entirely with native yeasts, controlled pumping over, naturally occurring malolactic fermentation and very minimal use of sulphur are all hall-marks of winemaking at Ridge. Settling and racking are used for clarification and pad filtration prior to bottling. The Lytton Springs was fermented out then pressed after 9 days. The wine was then racked and aged in US oak barrels 20% new, approximately 1-4 years old, for a total of 14 months.


With a ripe black cherry and raspberry nose, followed up with notes of pepper, liquorice, garrigue and tobacco. The palate has rich, black fruit and is gorgeously full and viscous. It has well-coated tannins and a long, layered finish.

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