Ridge 2012 Lytton Springs®
2012 Lytton Springs Vineyard, bottled February 2013
70% zinfandel, 21% petite sirah, 6% carignane, 3% mataró (mourvèdre)
Dry Creek Valley AVA
14.4% alcohol by volume
Winemaker John Olney's notes (back label text) -
After two unseasonably cool summers, July
alone saw eight days over 100°. In late
August, milder temperatures prevailed,
providing perfect conditions for a ripe
— but not overripe — vintage. Fermentation
brought out plentiful color and tannin.
During aging, we added wine from one
hundred-year-old vines on Hill Five for
depth and structure. Spice, brambly fruit,
and fine tannins characterize this excellent
wine. Enjoyable upon release, it will evolve
over the next ten years. JO (11/13)
Tasting Notes - Black cherry, vanilla, toasty oak and mint
aromas. Complex flavors of raspberry, black olive, licorice with chalky
tannins. Long finish with intriguing notes of pepper and spice. -John Olney (June 2014)
Video Tasting Note
Presented by winemaker John Olney
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.
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
Varietal: 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 3% Mataro
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.
Yields: 1.5 to 3.0 tons per acre
Video Profile - Lytton Estate Vineyard
Presented by winemaker John Olney
Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Weather: Warm spring and a long, mild summer.
Harvest Dates: 25 September - 21 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.8°
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary; pressed at eight days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (25% new; 55% one,
two and three years old; 20% four years old).
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel
All estate-grown grapes, hand harvested; destemmed and crushed; fermented on
the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring
bacteria; 0.6 grams/liter tartaric acid; minimum effective sulfur for this
wine (35 parts per million at crush, 155 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.
60 cases/pallet (15 per layer)
3L double magnum
SRP: suggested retail price per bottle (U.S. dollars)
Lytton Springs® is a registered trademark of Ridge Vineyards, Inc. in the US and
Vinous Media (July 2014): "The 2012 Lytton Springs is quite reserved, compact and inward at this stage.
There is good density and depth in the glass, but the elements aren't fully formed just yet. While most of
Ridge's 2012s are quite open today, that is not at all the case with the Lytton Springs. The 2012 is going
to need time. In 2012, Lytton Springs is 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 4% Mataro
(Mourvèdre)." -Antonio Galloni (Rated: 93+)
review online at VinousMedia.com (subscription required)
- Connoisseurs' Guide (January 2015):
"Although its aromas do not jump from the glass, this carefully made Zin exhibits fine focus
and very articulate varietal fruit that gains intensity and gradually takes center stage in the very
well-composed flavors that follow. The wine is moderately full and quite nicely balanced with fine
tactile grip owing to its integral young tannins, and it will age famously by dint of its fruity
depth and exemplary sense of proportion."
Rated: 91 (**)
California Grapevine (Vol. 41, January 2015):
"Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, plummy, blackberry and pomegranate aroma with hints
of cinnamon and black pepper; medium-full to full body; briary, blackberry fruit flavors with bright
acidity, good depth and balance, and nicely integrated oak; medium-full to full tannin; lingering
aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now and also shows good aging potential. Very highly
(Group Score: 16.3, 0/1/1; My Score: 17 [91/100], third place)