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Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel Blend 2018  - First Bottle


96 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!
96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2018 Lytton Springs is a blend of 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane and 2% Mataro. The nose is lush and open, with aromas of aniseed, red and blue berries, blood orange and earth plus touches of tobacco leaf and dried flowers. The medium-bodied palate combines intense, powerful flavors with a more ethereal, silty structure, and it finishes with loads of juicy layers. It's stunning straight from bottle but will have more to give with time in the cellar. 11,900 cases produced.
92 Jeb Dunnuck -
Checking in as 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, and the rest Mourvèdre, 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.

Technical Details

  • Blend72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 2% Mataro
  • WinemakerEric Baugher
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationDry Creek Valley, Sonoma Coast
  • VineyardLytton Springs
  • Alcohol14.5%

Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel Blend 2018

Zinfandel Blends  |  US
VN96, WA96, JD92

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RIDGE LYTTON. My hand shakes to even type it. Okay, wait...before I get all maudlin...please, get some of this DOUBLE 96-POINTER, the highest-rated Ridge Lytton

The highest-scoring Lytton Zin blend ever, a wine hailing from holy turf and 115-year old vines (!!!), a wine to cellar for decades, a wine of beauty and grace and balance such that it NEVER doesn’t satisfy, Ridge Lytton is a true American classic that should be in every serious cellar.

Sorry, but we get all dead serious about Ridge. So awesome. It’s a rich, juicy wine, to me, this year, very Zinny off the bat but quickly changes into the dark, complex, highly “alive” beast that it is. Low tannin, rich and mouthcoating. Read the glowing reviews below for more data points. But whatever you do, we hope, pray, cajole and beg you to get what may be the finest Lytton EVER. BOOM!!!

About the Producer

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the upper vineyard, now referred to as the Perrone Ranch.