Medium body, super smooth, good acid. Would be great with a light meal. — 5 days ago
It's so interesting to have my first CA Zin post-Puglia trip. So, I've been drinking Zin since at least the famous 1994 vintage. I've known the grape's heritage for quite a while. I drank a lot of Primitivo in Puglia this past month. And honestly, they didn't evoke memories of Zins, but now the reverse is certainly true. This reminds me of a ripe, big fruit Salento Primitivo.
Lytton Springs is 74% zin, 16% petite sirah, 8% carignane, and 2% mourvedre. It's a deep purple, medium plus bodied wine with white pepper, licorice, and a blackberry undertone. A bit hot on the alc, medium tannins, medium minus acidity.
I've had better from Ridge, but they rarely disappoint and this doesn't.
92 points — 18 days ago
I love this. Beautiful nose, baking spices, warmth, dark fruit and vanilla. Would 100% buy again. 2016 vintage. — 9 days ago
I Like it.
Mourvèdre — 12 days ago
Nose has old tar, countless stems of red roses, dried cherry, library stacks and dried raspberry.
Palate has jammy and bright cherry preserves, fresh tart cherry, old leather, moist earthy notes (positive trait) and some neutral wood.
Mellow tannins after an extended decant, this bottle is really singing. I am lucky to have tasted older vintages to give an understanding of where this wine is going. Now, whether or not I have the patience to hold the remaining bottles another 20-years is a major question, very nice today.
Decanted ~3hrs, in a cool place. Not my kitchen today, which was quite warm as I preserved our first real harvest of 2019 tomatoes, converting them into pizza sauce. I beat our first processed batch from 2018 by an entire week...don't believe anyone telling you we're not living through climate change, or more appropriately 'climate disruption' to quote Ralph Nader. This is why the best Nebbiolo is now coming from northern Italy, and the best Pinot will transition to Germany. OK, enough politics, this is a forum for wine, mostly. Cat photo-bombs appreciated in your bottle pics (sorry none from me today). — 4 days ago
This wine is perfectly aged for tonight. Needs a few years, and it will shine, like tonight.
Smells of blackberry prune preserves.
Tastes of Ripe bush fruit, oregano, super juicy, well rounded mouthfeel, soft, feathery tannins that mingle swimmingly well with the acid and stave.
Great wine, great price. Just needs to sit for a hot minute. — 2 days ago
Bright, fresh, with red berries. — 20 days ago