2006 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel
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11 Ratings
2006 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel

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2006 Lytton Springs Vineyard, bottled April 2008 After long, hard rains in March, budbreak came by mid-April. In late July, extreme temperatures sunburned the west-facing blocks. These are planted predominantly to petite sirah, which took the highest loss. Veraison was late, and light rains further slowed maturation. We thinned the damaged clusters, and harvested the remaining fruit, fully ripe, between mid-September and mid-October. As tannin developed, we reduced pumpovers, and pressed at dryness read more...2006 Lytton Springs Vineyard, bottled April 2008 After long, hard rains in March, budbreak came by mid-April. In late July, extreme temperatures sunburned the west-facing blocks. These are planted predominantly to petite sirah, which took the highest loss. Veraison was late, and light rains further slowed maturation. We thinned the damaged clusters, and harvested the remaining fruit, fully ripe, between mid-September and mid-October. As tannin developed, we reduced pumpovers, and pressed at dryness on day nine. After read more... a natural malolactic, twenty of the thirty-four blocks were selected for the 2006. This classic Lytton Springs was barrel aged for a full fifteen months. Approachable now, it has the structure to be cellared and enjoyed over the next ten years. (hide)

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2006 Lytton Springs Vineyard, bottled April 2008 After long, hard rains in March, budbreak came by mid-April. In late July, extreme temperatures sunburned the west-facing blocks. These are planted predominantly to petite sirah, which took the highest loss. Veraison was late, and light rains further slowed maturation. We thinned the damaged clusters, and harvested the remaining fruit, fully ripe, between mid-September and mid-October. As tannin developed, we reduced pumpovers, and pressed at dryness read more...2006 Lytton Springs Vineyard, bottled April 2008 After long, hard rains in March, budbreak came by mid-April. In late July, extreme temperatures sunburned the west-facing blocks. These are planted predominantly to petite sirah, which took the highest loss. Veraison was late, and light rains further slowed maturation. We thinned the damaged clusters, and harvested the remaining fruit, fully ripe, between mid-September and mid-October. As tannin developed, we reduced pumpovers, and pressed at dryness on day nine. After read more... a natural malolactic, twenty of the thirty-four blocks were selected for the 2006. This classic Lytton Springs was barrel aged for a full fifteen months. Approachable now, it has the structure to be cellared and enjoyed over the next ten years. (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • Wine & Spirits
    A classic vintage at Lytton Springs, this '99 frames all the complexities offered up by the ancient vines on these rolling, Dry Creek Valley hills. The field blend of Zinfandel with Petite Sirah (17%), Carignane (10%) and Mataro (3%) builds the deep scent of currants, of blackberries in compote, of the warmth of the soil and the sweetness of the sun. Alcohol lifts it, but it's no match for the succulence of the fruit, for its refined beauty, its tight grip. This is one of the most evocative wines you'll find from California, a liquid portrait of a vineyard, of viens with enough history read more...to pack their grapes with flavors from deep in the soil. Of a season that challenged those low-yielding vines to perform at their peak. Buy a case before those $100-a-bottle Cabernet drinkers get a clue.    (hide)