2012 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate®

Varietal Information
90% Petite Sirah
10% Zinfandel
14.2% alcohol by volume

93 points, Antonio Galloni

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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 a another limited release and in 2009 our first national release.


Vintage

Harvest Dates: 2 – 5 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.8 degrees
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary. Pressed at ten days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (25% new; 50% one and two years old; 25% three years old).
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Bloom: Mid-May
Weather: Warm spring and a long, mild summer.

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; 0.003 grams/liter tartaric acid added; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush; 89 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.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Dark purple in color, toasty oak, pepper, fennel and mint on the nose; concentrated blackberry/plum fruit on the palate with a full tannic structure and notes of cocoa and mint on the finish.


Tasting Notes and Reviews


2001 PETITE SIRAH LYTTON ESTATE ESSENCE


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2004/10/1


Ridge Vineyards - Rhones


Probably Chicago’s most distinguished wine alumnus, Paul Draper, who is revered for the extraordinary Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignons and Zinfandels he produces, can also turn a trick or two with Rhone varietals. These are all fine as well as attractively priced offerings... RIDGE 2001 PETITE SIRAH LYTTON ESTATE ESSENCE --- SCORE: 90 Some of the greatest Petite Sirahs in my cellar are older Ridge offerings that go as far back as the 1971 York Creek. Paul Draper has produced some fabulous Petite Sirahs over the years, which, to his credit, do not begin to strut their stuff until age 10-15. Although the 2001 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate Essence has 10% residual sugar, it is remarkably well disguised by good acidity and structure. It is somewhat of a “tweener” wine because it does not taste sweet enough to accompany dessert, and is not dry enough to complement most food dishes. I suspect dry, hard, low-fat cheeses would be the best match for this particular wine. In any event, it is very well made, exhibiting plenty of black fruits, forest floor, pepper and spice notes. It should age effortlessly for 15+ years.

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1999 LYTTON ESTATE PETITE SIRAH


Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator - 2001/12/31


The Savvy Shopper


New World Syrah A trio of Syrahs from California sets the pace for the Golden State. A debut from Carlisle, the Sonoma County 1999 (93, $36), exudes ripe blackberry and chocolate notes. The Lewis Napa Valley 1999 (92, $55) marks this winery’s third consecutive outstanding Syrah, bursting with juicy berry, plum and licorice accents. Ridges Dry Creek Valley Lytton Estate 1999 (90, $30) shows concentration and plush black cherry, coffee and mineral flavors. In Australia, Yalumba employs a winemaking practice from the Northern Rhone, blending a little white Viognier into its Shiraz Viognier Barossa 1998 (92, $30) to create a more elegant style. The Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley Ebenezer 1998 (91, $32) shows supple blueberry and blackberry nuances. Corioles Shiraz McLaren Vale Lloyd Reserve 1998 (91, $70) exhibits more density.

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1999 LYTTON ESTATE PETITE SIRAH


Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator - 2001/12/31


The Savvy Shopper


New World Syrah A trio of Syrahs from California sets the pace for the Golden State. A debut from Carlisle, the Sonoma County 1999 (93, $36), exudes ripe blackberry and chocolate notes. The Lewis Napa Valley 1999 (92, $55) marks this winery’s third consecutive outstanding Syrah, bursting with juicy berry, plum and licorice accents. Ridges Dry Creek Valley Lytton Estate 1999 (90, $30) shows concentration and plush black cherry, coffee and mineral flavors. In Australia, Yalumba employs a winemaking practice from the Northern Rhone, blending a little white Viognier into its Shiraz Viognier Barossa 1998 (92, $30) to create a more elegant style. The Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley Ebenezer 1998 (91, $32) shows supple blueberry and blackberry nuances. Corioles Shiraz McLaren Vale Lloyd Reserve 1998 (91, $70) exhibits more density.

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1999 LYTTON ESTATE PETITE SIRAH


James Laube, Wine Spectator - 1901/1/1


New Releases, California Syrah & Blends


Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton Estate 1999 $30 Dark, ripe and plush. Deeply concentrated, with rich blackberry, black cherry, coffee and earthy mineral flavors. Finishes with thick tannins and good length. Drink now through 2010. 717 cases made. J.L.

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