2010 Ridge Zinfandel Lytton EstateĀ®

2010 Ridge Zinfandel Lytton EstateĀ®


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Varietal Information
75% Zinfandel
25% Petite Sirah

History

In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted here 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.) Occasionally, as in 2006, certain of the vineyard blocks may be of top quality but we choose to hold them out of the Lytton Springs because their inclusion would add too much ripeness, or, in this case, tannin. Instead, we combine these wines to make the Lytton Estate. The wine is fermented using only naturally occurring yeast, and is aged in air-dried american oak.

Vintage

Harvest Date: 8-9 September
Grapes: Average brix 26.2 degrees
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary. Pressed at sevem days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (35% new and one year old, 40% two to three years old, and 25% fourto five years old).
Aging: thirteen months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: 42 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late-May
Weather: Cool, late spring; cold summer; two very hot days in August (24 & 25) damaged fruit, reducing yields by 50%.

Winemaking

All estate-grown, hand harvested grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts; followed by full malolactic on naturally-occurring bacteria; a total of 1.4 % rehydration during fermentation; minimum effective sulfur (35 ppm at crush, 126 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.

Tasting Notes and Reviews


2000 LYTTON ESTATE LATE HARVEST


Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar - 2002/5/1


Focus on California


2000 Lytton Estate Late Harvest California ($36; 16% alcohol with 18 grams per liter of residual sugar): Red-ruby. Exotic, port-like aromas of roasted currant and menthol. Quite sweet in the mouth, but brisk, perfectly integrated acids give the strong flavors of strawberry, raspberry, currant and pipe tobacco a penetrating quality. Robust and very long on the aftertaste. A lovely pure expression of fruit with a snappy sugar/acid balance. 92.

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1999 LYTTON ESTATE ZINFANDEL


Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits - 2001/10/1


Zinfandel


Ridge $36 1999 Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest Lytton Estate Red Blend Black, bright and sweet, this is a Port-style zin that works. It holds its freshness even as the fruit pushes to a candied ripeness, remaining clean with enough of a bite to drink with ripe Stilton. Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino, CA

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