2011 Lytton Estate® Petite Sirah

Ridge 2011 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah bottle shot

2011 Petite Sirah, Lytton Estate, bottled February 2013
100% petite sirah
Dry Creek Valley AVA
13.5% alcohol by volume

Winemaker John Olney's notes (back label text)

This wine comes from a block of vines on a rocky knoll at Lytton Springs West. As grape varietals go, petite sirah is not hard to understand. It’s King Kong. The trick, therefore, once it’s harvested and in the winery, is to find its softer side and coax out some of the light- hearted elements that lurk within. In 2011, we think we achieved just that. After a whole berry, natural yeast fermentation, the wine was aged for fourteen months in american oak. Floral, peppery, and enjoyable now, this limited release will be best over the next ten years. JO (12/12)

Tasting Notes - Dark purple/violet. Black pepper, cocoa, tobacco, black currants and a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Blackberry and plum fruit flavors followed by full but well coated tannins, firm acidity and a long finish. JO (7/13)


History

The oldest petite sirah vines on our Lytton Estate were planted in 1901 and the youngest in 1998. We made our first wine from the property in 1972 and until 2002 when we bottled portions of the petite sirah as a separate wine for a limited release, it had always been included in the Lytton Springs Zinfandel. In 2003 we made another limited release and in 2009 our first national release.

Vineyard

Lytton Estate map

First RIDGE Petite Sirah Lytton Estate: 2002
Location: The hills and bench land separating Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, Sonoma County.
Elevation: 80' - 160'
Soils: Gravelly clay loam
Vines: Petite sirah planted 1901 to 1998 at Lytton East (12 acres) and 1987 to 2001 at Lytton West (23 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+ tons per acre



Aerial View - Lytton Estate West


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GPS coordinates: 38° 39' 07.35" N, 122° 53' 40.64" W
Note: Lytton Springs tasting room is 0.9 mi (1.5km) from this location.



Growing Season

Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Wet spring and a typical cool summer, with no sustained heat spells.

Vintage

Lytton Estate grapes

Harvest Dates: 30 September
Grapes: Average Brix 23.1°
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary; pressed at ten days.
Barrel: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 40% one and two years old, 40% three and four years old).
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel

Winemaking

All estate-grown grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and partially crushed. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria. Minimum effective sulfur (35 ppm at crush; 102ppm 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 744442781003 12x750mL $30 56 cases/pallet (14 per layer)

 

SRP: suggested retail price per bottle (U.S. dollars).


Press

  • Vinous Media logo Vinous Media (July 2013): "The 2011 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate is fabulous. There is plenty of varietal notes in the glass, but the mid-weight structure is classic Ridge. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and melted road tar are layered into the explosive finish. The 2011 need some time in the glass for some initially awkward notes to blow off, so readers should be prepared to give the wine quite a bit of air." -Antonio Galloni (Rated: 94+)
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  • Wine Spectator Wine Spectator (31 March 2014): "A fresh fruit and pure berry expression of Petite, with flavors of raspberry, huckleberry and pepper that are crisp and refreshing, with good purity to the core of fruit, showing tobacco accents and a smoky black tea note. The tannins gain some traction on the finish. Drink now through 2024." –MW -MW (Rated: 92)
     

 

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