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Ridge Lytton Springs Proprietary Red Blend Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County, CA 2018

The 2018 Ridge Lytton Springs Proprietary Red is a blend of 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, and 2% Mataro (Mourvèdre) aged for 14 months in a combination of new and seasoned American oak barrels. In true Ridge fashion, it manages to be both opulent and elegant, complex and approachable, drinkable now yet age-worthy. 

96 points, Vinous:
“The 2018 Lytton Springs is magnificent. Elegant, layered and so complete, the 2018 has a lot to offer, but it needs time to fully come together. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal open up in the glass. Bright acids and beams of tannin give the wine its vibrant energy. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. Wow!” (9/20)

93 points, Zinfandel Chronicles:
“Bright crimson in color. Sensational nose of brambly red and black fruits, anise, earth and pepper. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Dark fruited with structure in spades. Black cherry, black raspberry and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. This will certainly be a long lived Lytton Springs. Tons of potential. Best over the next 6-8 years.” (8/20)

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck:
“Checking in as 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, and the rest Mourvèdre (Mataro), the 2018 Lytton Springs has a more nuanced, complex style that builds nicely with time in the glass. Red plums, mulberries, flowery incense, cedar, and a kiss of chocolate all define the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture (which is the hallmark of this vintage), and ample chalky minerality on the finish. It’s going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and shine for over a decade. I’ve had this cuvée with 20+ years of bottle age and it ages surprisingly well.” (8/20)

Underground Wine Letter: Outstanding Plus/Extraordinary:
“This is a beautifully crafted wine that can be enjoyed now or aged for many years into the future. Made with 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, and 2% Mataro it has a dark ruby color and a deep perfume showing a myriad of dark fruits including cassis, plum, and blackberry. On the palate there is once again a great intensity of fruit with great flavor, intensity, and balance. It is full and rich yet also maintains an impeccable sense of elegance and finesse. With balance, flavor, fruit, and elegance intertwined in a seamless fashion this is stunning wine by any standard. Don’t miss it.” (8/20)

Producer Name: Ridge Vineyards
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Lytton Springs
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 2% Mataro
Vintage: 2018
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: John Olney
ABV: 14.5%
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Bordeaux Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork

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