Ridge 2010 Lytton Springs®

2010 Lytton Springs bottle shot

2010 Lytton Springs Vineyard, bottled March 2012
67% zinfandel, 23% petite sirah, 7% carignane, 3% mataro
14.4% alcohol by volume

Winemaker John Olney's notes (back label text) - Summer 2010 on the North Coast was the coolest in forty years. This changed abruptly in late August, when two days of extreme heat sunburned the clusters. Most of the zinfandel had yet to color; it was the hardest-hit of any varietal. Fifty percent of the grapes were damaged, and cut out. The vines recovered, yielding clean fruit, and wonderfully firm acidity. Forty-six parcels were hand-harvested. After fermentation, the thirty-two most typical of the vineyard's character were assembled, and barrel-aged for fourteen months. Enjoyable as a young wine, this opulent yet structured zinfandel will continue to develop over the next ten to fifteen years. JO (10/11)

Tasting Notes - Briary blackberry, dark cherry and pepper on the nose. Palate full bodied, viscous with well coated tannins, plum and cocoa. Long finish with bright acidity. JO (7/12)


History

In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s, (In the 1870s, under "Captain" William Litton's ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into "Lytton" by 1903.) The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.

Vineyard

Lytton Springs map

First RIDGE Lytton Springs: 1972
Location: The bench and hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, Sonoma County.
Elevation: 80' - 160'
Soils: Varied, with a predominance of gravelly clay; gravelly clay loam on hillsides.
Age of Vines: Lytton East: zinfandel, petite sirah, grenache and carignane planted 1901 (32 acres) and 1910 (11 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1997-1998 (5 acres), Lytton West: zinfandel, petite sirah, carignane, grenache re-planted 1953-1968 (26 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1980's (2.5 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah planted in 1990's (42.8 acres); zinfandel, limited petite sirah, limited carignane, in 2000's (60 acres).
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Climate: Fog in a.m., warm sunny afternoons, breezes in late p.m.
Exposure: Southeasterly
Yields: 1.5 to 3.0 tons per acre

Growing Season

Lytton Springs soil

Rainfall: 42 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Cool, late spring; cold summer; two very hot days in August (24 & 25) caused fruit damage cutting yields by 50%.

Vintage

Harvest Dates: 9 September - 14 October
Grapes: Average Brix 25°
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary. Pressed at nine days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 53% one, two and three years old, 27% four and five years old.)
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel

Winemaking

All estate-grown grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and crushed. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria. 1 gram/liter tartaric acid and a total of less than a half percent rehydration (added to three lots) during fermentation; minimum effective sulfur (35 parts per million at crush, 190 ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.


Miscellaneous

Bottle UPC Packaged SRP Notes
750mL 744442901005 12x750mL $37 60 cases/pallet (15 per layer)
375mL half 744442900008 12x375mL $21  
1.5L magnum 744442902002 6x1.5L $77  
3L double magnum 744442903009 1x3L $183 individually boxed

SRP: suggested retail price per bottle (U.S. dollars)
Lytton Springs® is a registered trademark of Ridge Vineyards, Inc. in the US and other countries.


Press

  • new Wine Advocate Wine Advocate (Issue 202, August 2012): "The 2010 Lytton Springs (67% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 3% Mataro) is fascinating because it seems to have handled the heat spikes far better than the Geyserville. This is first and foremost Lytton Springs, and a product of the 2010 vintage second. Firm tannins frame an expressive core of dark red cherries, flowers and sweet herbs. The inner perfume of Zinfandel resonates on the finish. The 2010 needs time to soften, but it is quite beautiful. Lytton Spring is a much larger site than Geyserville, the choices for lots are much greater, which affords the winemaking team a great deal of flexibility in crafting the final blends. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030." -Antonio Galloni, (Rated: 93+)
     
  • International Wine Report International Wine Report (September 2012): "The 2010 Lytton Springs doses out plenty of raspberry and blackberry fruit backed up by spices, pepper, graphite, underbrush, beef tartare, and chocolate-licorice twist. This is balanced with a solid structure and a long finish. I think this wine is built to last a decade with some room for improvement as fleshes out. Composed of 67% zinfandel, 23% petite sirah, 7% carignane, 3% mataro(mourvedre). (Best 2013-2020)" (Rated: 91)