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Briary blackberry, dark cherry and pepper on the nose. Palate full bodied, viscous with well coated tannins, plum and cocoa. Long finish with bright acidity.
Final blend: 67% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane, 3% Mataro (Mouvedre)
95 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Jan 2013): " Rich, ripe and refined, Ridge's Lytton Springs bottling is once again a showcase for complex yet wonderfully mannerly winemaking. There is fullness in the body and balance at every stop making for a firm yet alluring palatal impression even at the wine's tender age..."
93 points, The Wine Advocate (Issue 202, Aug. 2012): "...Firm tannins frame an expressive core of dark red cherries, flowers and sweet herbs. The inner perfume of Zinfandel resonates on the finish. The 2010 needs time to soften, but it is quite beautiful..."
91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May/June 2013): "...Glass-staining ruby. A heady bouquet evokes cherry pie, potpourri, incense and vanilla, with a bright mineral top note..."
Drink now or hold up to 15 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.