Ridge Lytton Springs 2016
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Complex aromas of vanilla, raspberry and black pepper. Full bodied with firm acidity, focused blackberry fruit and an elegant lingering finish. JO (7/18)
69% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mataro (Mourvedre)
95 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
94 Points – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
92 Points – Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
Dry Creek Valley
Alcohol By Volume
In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century. Both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard were purchased in the early 1990s, (In the 1870s, under “Captain” William Litton’s ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved to “Lytton” by 1903.) The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.
Fermentation: Full crush – 100% Natural primary and secondary; pressed at eight days
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (15% new; 45% one, two and three years old; 40% four and five years old).
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel
Hand-harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 parts per million at crush, 71 ppm over the course of aging); 0.3% water addition; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.