September 22, 2016
In a recent article from Food & Wine Magazine titled “The Buyer’s Guide to 75 of the Best California Wines,” editors Ray Isle, Lettie Teague and frequent contributor Richard Nalley tried hundreds of wines from California, which eventually led to the creation of this list of “75 Best California Wines.” We’re honored that our 2014 Lytton Springs was a recommended wine from the “Classics” category. Here are a few excerpts from the article as well as the mention of Lytton Springs.
“California has a reputation as a place where anyone can prosper and anything can grow. Yet while there are plenty of ambitious winemakers, there are only a few grapes that can produce world-class wines. The following six have what it takes…”
“Zinfandel may have originated in Croatia, but no other grape has made itself so at home in California. Zinfandel was the most popular grape in the 1870s, and even today some of those early vines can still produce high-quality fruit. Most California producers favor Zinfandels that are full-bodied, spicy and high in alcohol…The best of these wines, however, are beautifully balanced, without excess sweetness or heat from alcohol.”
2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley ($40) This 2014 bottling, from the iconic Lytton Springs Vineyard in Sonoma County, comes from 25 individually fermented parcels combined to best express the vineyard’s character; it is firm and dense on the palate, with wonderfully layered flavors of berry and allspice.”