53% Grenache, 47% Zinfandel
Grenache was brought to California in the 1870s from southern France—along with carignan, mataro, and petite sirah. In some vineyards, including Lytton Springs, it was interplanted with zinfandel. The 19thcentury vines on Lytton East were harvested in late September; Lytton West did not ripen fully until mid- October. After natural primary and secondary fermentations, the two parcels were combined, then racked to one- and two-year-old air-dried american oak. Spicy and elegant, this lovely wine will be at its best over the next four to five years. PD (1/97)
Since 1962, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare vineyards where climate, soil, and varietal are ideally matched. Fine wine, when made traditionally, is the result of a natural process. Ridge’s aim is to implement that process; using traditional methods and minimal handling, we strive to produce exceptional wines from superior and distinctive fruit.