2009 Ridge Lytton Estate Syrah

2009 Ridge Lytton Estate Syrah

Future releases available through our ATP Wine Club

Varietal Information
90% syrah
10% viognier
37 Barrels Produced


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

Growing Season

Rainfall: Below average, at 34 inches
Bloom: Late-May
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.

Tasting Notes and Reviews


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 SYRAH LYTTON ESTATE --- SCORE: 90 The outstanding 2001 Syrah Lytton Estate (include 1% Viognier in the blend) boasts a saturated purple color as well as uplifting aromas of blackberries, black currants, licorice, vanilla, and forest floor. Dense, with medium to full-body, supple tannin, good viscosity, and a long finish, this beauty will drink well for 7-8 years.

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