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Ridge Lytton Springs 2020 [750ml/6cs]

$85.99 x 6
(price per 750ml bottle) - sold in cases of 6 bottles
In stock. Available for purchase online by the unmixed case.
Type:
Red Table Wine
Varietal:
Zinfandel & Zinfandel Blends
Vintage:
2020
Country:
California
Region:
Sonoma County
Sub Region:
Dry Creek Valley
Winery:
Ridge Vineyards
Bottles / case:
6
Unit:
750 ml

On Ridge’s East Lytton Estate, Zinfandel grows on seven hilltops: Petite Sirah surrounds the Zinfandel on six, Grenache on the seventh. It’s an unusual configuration. The West Lytton Estate vineyard, on the other hand, is a magnificent hodgepodge of grapes, including more Zinfandel, which seems at home there. The balanced, powerful wine made from this fruit ages beautifully, becoming more nuanced and expressive with time.

Ridge is a minimal-intervention winemaking pioneer. The sustainably-grown fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed, and crushed (except the Petite Sirah, which was whole-berry pressed), then fermented by native yeast. The winery managed colour and tannin extraction by limiting pump-overs to once daily. Following naturally-occurring malolactic fermentation, 24 of the 33 small fermentation lots were selected for their concentrated fruit and elegant structure. These lots were transferred to American oak (15% new, 85% used) for 14 months maturation. Handling, added sulfur, and fining were kept to a minimum.

This is an excellent vintage: appealing now, and certain to improve over the next decade. The wine shows the potent jammy fruit of old-vine Sonoma Zinfandel with notes of brambly raspberry, pepper, mint, blackberry and cocoa. That intricacy comes in part from the blend, a thoughtful combination of 73% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, and 2% Mataro (Mourvedre). Acidity and tannin structure are firm, but not overwhelming.

“Dark crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. 79% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignane. Show-stopping nose of red and black fruits, peach and baking spices. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity. Tremendous mouth feel and texture. Black cherry, black raspberry, cocoa and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Just an awesome Lytton Springs in spite of the vintages challenges. Best over the next 8-10 years. $50 at the winery and retail.”
95 points, Tom Lee, Zinfandel Chronicles, August 2022

“The 2020 Lytton Springs showed well, offering solid darker berry and plum fruits as well as roasted herbs, chalky minerality, and dried earth. This spicy, savory, medium-bodied effort has solid tannins, good depth of fruit, and a clean finish. As with most 2020s, the savory, dry edge to the tannins detracts, but this certainly offers charm.”
89 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com 

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