Ridge Lytton Springs 2011

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photoFor me, Ridge is home. It is the essence of what California should be, happy to put its faith in the material and the weather. Happy to be understated. Happy to have an honest, friendly personality that is open to many viewpoints and accessible to many. The range at Ridge is significant and the wines are made in reasonably large quantities and widely distributed. Ridge is a gift to wine consumers who are only familiar with Monster California.

As a bonus for locals, Ridge has a new import agent in BC and its distribution should be increasing across more government and private liquor stores.

While a Zinfandel dominant wine this is, like almost all Ridge Zins, a field blend of mixed blacks and includes Petite Sirah and Carignan in the blend. It is highly expressive, spicy and filled with brambly fruit.

The Lytton Springs Vineyard is home to 100 year old vines: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Grenache and Mataro. Situated in the Dry Creek Valley, this has to be one of if not the best Zinfandel blend from that part of Sonoma. This likely has to do with its siting on the border between the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek where morning fog and afternoon winds help the grapes retain freshness.

Another reason this wine is so consistently good is the fact Ridge has been making it since 1971. 43 years of experience carefully tending to the vines and finding ways to make the wine more and more gently has paid significant dividends.

It is worth adding that while very good in every vintage, the 2011 Lytton Springs is particularly balanced and expressive.

$60 at Marquis Wine Cellars


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