Not rich, not herbal, but a nice blend of the two aromatically. Tar, ripe black cherries, red plum, herbal twang and just a kiss of smoked game. Lively and acidic on the palate, even at 7yrs of age. Gained darker and more dense fruits as it opened, with added iron, tart red fruits and an herbal spice driven finish. Hardly any signs of age here, so no worries on holding. Still picking up some heat, so I’d imagine this has another 2-3yrs before it’s integrated at its peak! Still gaining steam! Impressive. Thank you for introducing me to this winery, @David L ! I need to seek out more OR Pinots! — 13 days ago
Cherry, raspberry, cranberry, licorice, vanilla, plum and oak. Medium-bodied and soft tannins. — 4 days ago
This is my first and only 17 of this event and it’s beautiful.
The body is thick, rich, and a shade waxy. Green & golden apple, ripe pineapple, grapefruit with sugar, lemon, lime candy to zest, tropical melons, limestone minerals, grainy chalkiness, sea spray to sea fossils, jasmine, spring flowers and yellow lilies. Round acidity and gorgeous, sexy finish with balance and great length.
Hasn’t been released. Great now but, amazing things ahead for this bottling. — 5 days ago
The first European grapes were planted in what is now the U.S. in the 1600s, where Spanish missionaries in New Mexico needed sacramental wine. But Phylloxera was ever-present near the eastern population centers, so the earliest American wine industries were built on hybrid grapes. Cincinnati's sparkling Catawba was America's first cult wine, followed by cultivars like Norton, Isabella, and Concord in Missouri and Virginia. The sleeping giant began to awaken in the 1850s, when Agoston Haraszthy began importing high-quality vine material to California.
It all came crashing down with Prohibition in 1920. Not only were vineyards ripped up and knowledge lost, but the American palate became soft and sweet. Low-quality fortified wine from whatever grapes were available became the standard of the American wine industry.
Things began to shift in the 1960s. Robert Mondavi brought dry table wine, varietally labeled, back to the forefront. Boutique producers like Ridge began to creep toward European quality standards. The 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, a sweeping victory for the Americans, proved that the New World wine was here to stay.
(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû's Wines 'History of Wine 1453AD-Present' seminar, where this wine was poured) — 3 days ago
214 cases produced. 2014 crop of Wente Selection Chardonnay, hand-harvested September 23rd & 24th with a yield of 3.1 tons per acre. Fruit whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in seasoned French Burgundy barrels.
Tenth anniversary — 8 days ago
I’ve been holding off on drinking any of the 2012 vintage from Hirsch because the folks at the winery said this vintage that needed time in the bottle. @Bill Bender’s notes about the 2012 Hirsch Reserve encouraged me to open a bottle, and I’m glad I did. The wine was deep and broad with more earth, forest floor, mushroom, and loamy notes than I have come to expect from Hirsch wines. The structure has settled down and the more beguiling feminine aspects of the West Ridge are now showing themselves. This was fanatic with crispy roast duck at Gideon Ridge. On a side note, I’ll give a plug to that restaurant. IMHO, it’s the best restaurant in the high country, with great food, service and views. Just plan ahead because reservations are often 6-8 weeks out during the summer season. — 19 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 — 19 days ago