Ridge Vineyards

Lytton Estate Dry Creek Valley Syrah Viognier

9.1164 ratings
9.145 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Syrah, Viognier
Lamb, Turkey, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Pork, Nuts & Seeds, Hard Cheese, Soft Cheese, Shellfish, Quinoa, Mushrooms, Chili & Hot Spicy, Fish, Herbs, Asian Cuisine, Veal, Potato, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

This is fucking right now. Gorgeous, enough hedonistic quality but retains balance and complexity. Smoked BBQ ribs, roasted coffee, mesquite charcoal, bacon fat, talcum, leather, vanilla, mulberry compote with a hint of overripe blue fruit. It has sinew and grit, but there’s appropriate richness on the palate to balance its structure. Tannins are a touch drying, but I love the character that brings to it. Young but to good now, properly stored I could see this hitting 20 years no problem. Perfect with a bacon cheeseburger w/ grilled onion. Curious how ‘15 and ‘16 vintages will stack up.

This is fucking right now. Gorgeous, enough hedonistic quality but retains balance and complexity. Smoked BBQ ribs, roasted coffee, mesquite charcoal, bacon fat, talcum, leather, vanilla, mulberry compote with a hint of overripe blue fruit. It has sinew and grit, but there’s appropriate richness on the palate to balance its structure. Tannins are a touch drying, but I love the character that brings to it. Young but to good now, properly stored I could see this hitting 20 years no problem. Perfect with a bacon cheeseburger w/ grilled onion. Curious how ‘15 and ‘16 vintages will stack up.

Nov 13th, 2019
Jonathan Wall

Very nice. But tight. I liked the 2013 over this 2012. The 12 was similar but not as exuberant and open. needs more time... probably 5 more years.

Very nice. But tight. I liked the 2013 over this 2012. The 12 was similar but not as exuberant and open. needs more time... probably 5 more years.

Sep 30th, 2019
Jonathan Wall

I’m upping my rating over last year’s bottle... Amazing nose! Popcorn, dark chocolate, dark berry tapenade, savory earth... long finish. Can’t wait for next year and the next bottle.

I’m upping my rating over last year’s bottle... Amazing nose! Popcorn, dark chocolate, dark berry tapenade, savory earth... long finish. Can’t wait for next year and the next bottle.

Sep 3rd, 2019
Hayden B. Oothout

This was a very good Syrah! I opened it a little prematurely I believe. Would have been better in about 5 years. If you purchase this wine, or have it in your cellar, don’t open it yet!

This was a very good Syrah! I opened it a little prematurely I believe. Would have been better in about 5 years. If you purchase this wine, or have it in your cellar, don’t open it yet!

Apr 23rd, 2019
Eric Urbani

Still young

Still young

Jul 24th, 2018
Jonathan Wall

Savory, earthy. By the second night it really opened up with an expansive finish. Good now but I'd like to taste what happens in 5 to 10 years.

Savory, earthy. By the second night it really opened up with an expansive finish. Good now but I'd like to taste what happens in 5 to 10 years.

Jun 21st, 2018
jesus g

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

9.3

Bright and fresh kinda like a Côte-rôtie

Bright and fresh kinda like a Côte-rôtie

Mar 28th, 2018
Chris Paul

Wine Educator Copain Wines

9.5

Wow. Well developed showing signs of anise and cooking spices. Violets and blackberries still very present. Could lay down for at least 5 more years. Had a little fight with the cork but all is well!

Wow. Well developed showing signs of anise and cooking spices. Violets and blackberries still very present. Could lay down for at least 5 more years. Had a little fight with the cork but all is well!

Dec 5th, 2016
Michael Kotrady

Would have been better if it hadn't suffered from the heat of someone's kitchen...

Would have been better if it hadn't suffered from the heat of someone's kitchen...

Jul 2nd, 2016
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.2

Aging beautifully! Leather and blackberry and earth.

Aging beautifully! Leather and blackberry and earth.

Dec 18th, 2015