Ridge Vineyards

Lytton Estate Dry Creek Valley Syrah Viognier

9.319 ratings
9.36 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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Haven’t opened a lot of Ridge lately but, have over my life. Still have not opened a bad bottle of Ridge. Not even one corked.

I also learned a long time ago, never open Ridge reds young.

The nose reveals, ruby, candied, spice driven, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries & creamy raspberries. White pepper, dark, medium spice, anise to black licorice, vanilla, clove, touch of nutmeg, alcohol vapors, mixed berry cola, dark, rich, turned earth, grey volcanics, limestone, dry, crushed rocks with bright, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals framed with in soft field of violets & lavender.

The palate is rounding up to its peak but, it is still ascending. The tension, structure, length & balance have started their prime integration. The tannins have round, tarry, meaty baby teeth. Ruby, candied, spice driven, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries & creamy raspberries. White pepper, dark, medium spice, anise to black licorice, vanilla, clove, touch of nutmeg, alcohol vapors, mixed berry cola, sweet tarriness, used, French expresso grounds, moist clay, warm, well done toast, touch herbaceous tree sap with bark, eucalyptus, some mint, dark, rich, turned earth, grey volcanics, limestone, dry, crushed rocks & top soil, oak barrel shavings with bright, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals framed with in soft field of violets & lavender. The acidity is round & refreshing. The long, well balanced, ruby, lush, elegant finish loads as juicy fruits rounding into a great combination of earth & spice persisting for days.

Not quite the perfect pizza pairing but, the evening was put together last minute & I wanted to open the 97 Phelps Syrah. This was my back up bottle in case the 97 hadn’t held up. Somehow, the Ridge got opened as well. I hate it when that happens.

Haven’t opened a lot of Ridge lately but, have over my life. Still have not opened a bad bottle of Ridge. Not even one corked.

I also learned a long time ago, never open Ridge reds young.

The nose reveals, ruby, candied, spice driven, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries & creamy raspberries. White pepper, dark, medium spice, anise to black licorice, vanilla, clove, touch of nutmeg, alcohol vapors, mixed berry cola, dark, rich, turned earth, grey volcanics, limestone, dry, crushed rocks with bright, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals framed with in soft field of violets & lavender.

The palate is rounding up to its peak but, it is still ascending. The tension, structure, length & balance have started their prime integration. The tannins have round, tarry, meaty baby teeth. Ruby, candied, spice driven, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries & creamy raspberries. White pepper, dark, medium spice, anise to black licorice, vanilla, clove, touch of nutmeg, alcohol vapors, mixed berry cola, sweet tarriness, used, French expresso grounds, moist clay, warm, well done toast, touch herbaceous tree sap with bark, eucalyptus, some mint, dark, rich, turned earth, grey volcanics, limestone, dry, crushed rocks & top soil, oak barrel shavings with bright, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals framed with in soft field of violets & lavender. The acidity is round & refreshing. The long, well balanced, ruby, lush, elegant finish loads as juicy fruits rounding into a great combination of earth & spice persisting for days.

Not quite the perfect pizza pairing but, the evening was put together last minute & I wanted to open the 97 Phelps Syrah. This was my back up bottle in case the 97 hadn’t held up. Somehow, the Ridge got opened as well. I hate it when that happens.

Nov 26th, 2020
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
Andre Lopez

Even the non-wine drinkers were impressed. Stupendous. #syrah #hopr

Even the non-wine drinkers were impressed. Stupendous. #syrah #hopr

Jan 11th, 2015
William Allen - Two Shepherds

Owner/Winemaker Two Shepherds

9.5

Great Syrah with 7% Viognier coferment.

Great Syrah with 7% Viognier coferment.

Nov 4th, 2012
Peter Handel

Absolutely stunning; velvet textured tannins, round mouthfeel, wonderful fruit presentation. Prime drinking window!

Absolutely stunning; velvet textured tannins, round mouthfeel, wonderful fruit presentation. Prime drinking window!

Jan 16th, 2019
Brian W. Anderson

Exquisite, deep vegetal nose, fat, luscious mouth, spice and broad fruit. Perfectly aged.

Exquisite, deep vegetal nose, fat, luscious mouth, spice and broad fruit. Perfectly aged.

Jul 3rd, 2016
John DeCarlis

An outstanding wine with bramble and boysenberry notes. Lots of deep plum on the finish. Structure is amazing- still a bold Syrah.

An outstanding wine with bramble and boysenberry notes. Lots of deep plum on the finish. Structure is amazing- still a bold Syrah.

May 15th, 2016
Ganesh

Drank at the perfect time. Opened last year and was still restrained. Showing at full potential now.

Drank at the perfect time. Opened last year and was still restrained. Showing at full potential now.

Feb 10th, 2016
Chip Stryker

Big Cali Syrah drinking nicely! Was not nearly as advanced as I thought it would be...in fact, very primary for a wine approaching 10 years...only hints of secondary earthy notes to compliment heaps of dark fruit and baking spices. Soft tannins and a long peppery finish make this full-bodied wine a winner...certainly amongst the best of its kind from Dry Creek. Syrah with 8% Viognier.

Big Cali Syrah drinking nicely! Was not nearly as advanced as I thought it would be...in fact, very primary for a wine approaching 10 years...only hints of secondary earthy notes to compliment heaps of dark fruit and baking spices. Soft tannins and a long peppery finish make this full-bodied wine a winner...certainly amongst the best of its kind from Dry Creek. Syrah with 8% Viognier.

Sep 26th, 2015
Jeffrey Bragman

President at WINEPSYCH

9.2

Jeffrey had this 5 years ago

Jeffrey had this 5 years ago

Jul 3rd, 2016