95 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
94 Points – James Suckling
94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
92 Points – Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 Points – Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
Lytton Springs Vineyard is located on the bench and hills separating Dry Creek and Alexander
Valleys, just north of Healdsburg, Sonoma County. Soils: Varied, with a predominance of gravelly clay; gravelly clay loam on hillsides. Age of Vines: Lytton East: zinfandel, petite sirah, and carignane planted 1901 (32 acres) and 1910 (11 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1997-1998 (5 acres), Lytton West: zinfandel, petite sirah, carignane, re-planted 1953 – 1968 (26 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah, planted 1980’s (2.5 acres); zinfandel and petite sirah planted in 1990’s (42.8 acres); zinfandel, petite sirah, and carignane, in 2000’s (60 acres). Yields: 1.5 - 3.5 tons per acre.
Fermentation: Full crush - 100% Natural primary and secondary; pressed at eight days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (15% new; 45% one, two and three years old; 40% four and five years old). Aging: 14 months in barrel
Hand-harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 parts per million at crush, 71 ppm over the course of aging); 0.3% water addition; pad filtered at bottling.
Complex aromas of vanilla, raspberry and black pepper. Full bodied with firm acidity, focused blackberry fruit and an elegant lingering finish.
Region: Dry Creek Valley, California
Harvest Dates: 29 August - 15 September
Grapes: Average Brix 24.8˚
First Vintage: 1972