2012 Lytton Springs

2012 Lytton Springs

Wine Information

70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 3% Mataró (mourvèdre)




Lytton Springs


Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol By Volume


Winemaker Tasting Notes

Black cherry, vanilla, toasty oak and mint aromas. Complex flavors of raspberry, black olive, licorice with chalky tannins. Long finish with intriguing notes of pepper and spice.

Vintage Notes

After two unseasonably cool summers, July alone saw eight days over 100°. In late August, milder temperatures prevailed, providing perfect conditions for a ripe — but not overripe — vintage. Fermentation brought out plentiful color and tannin. During aging, we added wine from one hundred-year-old vines on Hill Five for depth and structure. Spice, brambly fruit, and fine tannins characterize this excellent wine. Enjoyable upon release, it will evolve over the next ten years. JO (11/13)


In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s, (In the 1870s, under “Captain” William Litton’s ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into “Lytton” by 1903.) The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Bloom: Mid-May
Weather: Warm spring and a long, mild summer


Harvest Dates: 25 September – 21 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.8
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary; pressed at eight days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (25% new; 55% one, two and three years old; 20% four years old).
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel
Ingredients: Hand harvested, sustainably, grown grapes; indigenous yeasts; naturally occurring malolactic bacteria; tartaric acid; oak from barrel aging; SO2.

All estate-grown grapes, hand harvested; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; 0.6 grams/liter tartaric acid; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 parts per million at crush, 155 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.


Vinous Media (July 2014): “The 2012 Lytton Springs is quite reserved, compact and inward at this stage. There is good density and depth in the glass, but the elements aren’t fully formed just yet. While most of Ridge’s 2012s are quite open today, that is not at all the case with the Lytton Springs. The 2012 is going to need time. In 2012, Lytton Springs is 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 4% Mataro (Mourvèdre).” -Antonio Galloni (Rated: 93+)

Connoisseurs’ Guide (January 2015): “Although its aromas do not jump from the glass, this carefully made Zin exhibits fine focus and very articulate varietal fruit that gains intensity and gradually takes center stage in the very well-composed flavors that follow. The wine is moderately full and quite nicely balanced with fine tactile grip owing to its integral young tannins, and it will age famously by dint of its fruity depth and exemplary sense of proportion.” Rated: 91 (**)

California Grapevine (Vol. 41, January 2015): “Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, plummy, blackberry and pomegranate aroma with hints of cinnamon and black pepper; medium-full to full body; briary, blackberry fruit flavors with bright acidity, good depth and balance, and nicely integrated oak; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now and also shows good aging potential. Very highly recommended.”
(Group Score: 16.3, 0/1/1; My Score: 17 [91/100], third place)

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 90.7

No. of Tasting Notes: 400

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