90+ Point Scores for Lytton Springs, Ponzo and Carmichael from Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

Connoisseurs' Guide

We’re happy to share that the Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine awarded three of our wines with 90+ point scores.

2015 Lytton Springs: 95 Points – “Petite Sirah’s expressive personality contributes both spicy and strong structural elements to the dominant Zinfandel portion here, and it all adds up to a young, highly promising bottling with well-concentrated, fully fruited aromas and flavors. Indeed, there is so much to like that, despite its tannic load, this boldly stated wine will drink very nicely now with savory beef or lamb roasts, yet its true brilliance lies some years in the future, and we will happily lay some away for five to ten years in the full expectation that both range and sophistication will grow and grow.”

2015 Ponzo Zinfandel: 91 Points – “If a tad riper in tone than the winery’s Ponzo bottlings have often been in the past, but still keenly focused on bright berryish fruit from the outset, this wine picks up notes of raspberry jam and roasted vanilla beans along the way. Its full-bodied stance on the palate is held back from tipping towards heaviness by a nice bit of vibrancy in its flavors and slightly puckery latter-palate acid and tannin, and there is room here for some three to five years of beneficial cellaring.”

2014 Carmichael Zinfandel: 90 Points – “A whiff of chocolate creeps into the aromas of this fully ripened wine, and, if its fruit is also well-defined, it is somewhat heavy and wants a slightly zestier note to reach for the ratings peak for which it challenges but ultimately falls a tad short. Viscous to the point of being more than just supple, and benefitting from the grippy nature of its Petite Sirah addition, the wine is capable of holding up in bottle for a half-decade or more but promises to come good in less.”

2015 Lytton Springs

2015 Ponzo Zinfandel

2015 Carmichael Zinfandel