2014 Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs 375 ml

Year: 2014
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Country: USA - California
Vinous Media: 94+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
California Grapevine: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
Price :

69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, 2% Mataro (Mourvedre)

"The 2014 Lytton Springs is another absolutely gorgeous wine. Perhaps because of its relatively recent bottling, the 2004 feels a bit compressed, but there appears to be plenty of complexity and depth hiding behind the acidity and tannin. Far from an easygoing Zinfandel, the 2014 Lytton is a wine to buy and cellar for at least a handful of years. The wine's richness, persistence and vertical intensity all lead me to believe it will be special in time. Black cherry, pomegranate, mint and sweet spices meld into the resonant finish. A kick of tannin from the Petite adds personality, something the 2014 has in spades." (VM)

"Not overripe so much as concentrated and reflecting its broadly based composition, this wine impresses with depth and potency, and while not boldly fruity in the classic Zinfandel model, it does come with notions of raspberry and dried strawberry in the midst of its blackberry-scented fruit. It is somewhat juicy to start, then turns tight and a tad astringent across the palate and into a finish that stays the course in the face of youthful tannin. Time will be a big-time ally here, and we would put this wine away for four years at a minimum and expect it to hold in good stead long into the next decade. Reviewed: September 2016" (CG)

"9. 2014 Ridge, “Lytton Springs,” Dry Creek Valley ($40) – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, spicy, briary, ripe, plummy, red and black berry fruit aroma with hints of vanilla and green olive; full body; rich, ripe, spicy, textured, black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with good depth and structure; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very approachable and easy to drink now, though deserving a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.3% alcohol; 11,500 cases; a blend of 69% Zinfandel, 18% PS, 11% Carignane, and 2% Mataro; released September 2016. (Group Score: 16.3, 1/0/0; My Score: 17 [90/100], ninth place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Deep purple color. Appealing aromas of black pepper, cassis, and licorice. Layered plum, blackberry fruit on the palate; medium/full-bodied, with silky tannins. Notes of chapparal and mocha on the finish. JO (3/16)

April rains disrupted flowering and reduced yields, but gave the vines enough water to survive a third year of drought. Mild temperatures in August proved ideal for ripening. The thirty-four parcels were fermented separately; we combined the twenty-five that best expressed the vineyard’s distinctive character. Thirteen months in barrel has softened tannins and added complexity. Enjoyable in its youth, this fine wine will evolve over the next ten years. JO (9/15)