At Lytton Springs West, Ridge has just over three acres
of twenty year old syrah noir, the California selection
from plantings in 1916 and three and a half acres of
younger French clones. These parcels are situated in the
well-drained Sites soil on the bench overlooking Norton
Creek. Since 1996, we have produced limited amounts for
the Advance Tasting Program (ATP). Over time, the
consistent quality showed syrah to be well matched to the
climate and soil of Lytton Estate. As in the past, the
2009 vintage was co-fermented with a small amount of
viognier from an adjacent parcel. Following harvest, it
was assembled, in blind tasting, from the most intense
and distinct lots.
Harvest Dates: September 27-30
Grapes: Average brix 26.2˚
Fermentation: Whole-berry, destemmed, not crushed,
fermented on indigenous yeast; pressed after eight days;natural malolactic.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (32% one year
old, 17% two years old, 34% four year and 17% five years).
Aging: 27 months in barrel
Rainfall: Below average, at 34 inches
Weather: Dry winter saved by spring rains and followed by a warm, dry summer.
All estate grown grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and
whole berry fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full
malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria; 1.05g/L
tartaric acid addition; minimum effective sulfur (35 ppm at
crush, 152 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.