2011 Lytton Estate® Petite Sirah
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
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.
First RIDGE Petite Sirah Lytton Estate: 2002
Location: The hills and bench land separating Dry Creek
and Alexander Valleys, just north of Healdsburg,
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.
Yields: 1.5 to 3+ tons per acre
Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Wet spring and a typical cool summer, with no sustained heat spells.
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
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.
||56 cases/pallet (14 per layer)
SRP: suggested retail price per bottle (U.S. dollars).
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+)
review online at VinousMedia.com (may require subscription)
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)