September 20, 2019
Forbes’ most recent wine of the week post focuses on particularly age-worth wines that “possess the ability to age for at least a decade, but deliver a tremendous amount of pleasure right now.” Their selection for Red Wine of the Week is our 2014 Lytton Estate Syrah.
Ridge Lytton Estate Syrah 2014 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
“Like the great Syrah-based reds of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Côte-Rôtie, this one is composed of a blend of Syrah and Viognier—in this case, 94% of the former and 6% of the latter. The organically grown grapes were harvested by hand, fermented using indigenous yeast, and the resulting wine was aged for 21 months in American oak ranging from one to three years of age.
“The results are fantastic, with blackberry, plum, baking spice, and the slightest note of sweet meat on the nose preceding a palate of balance and power, with a distinctly savory edge to the blackberry, cracked black and white pepper, spice-rubbed smoked bacon, black licorice, and an almost briny finish that begs for pepper-crusted steak. Drink it now or lay it down for ten years—the decision is really a matter of personal preference rather than any sort of requirement predicated on the inherent character of the wine itself.”