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Ridge Vineyards
Lytton Springs 2016
69% Zinfandel, 23% P.Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mataro
 
RSD 12,180

AWARDS

95 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (for 2016 Vintage)
94 Points – James Suckling, (for 2016 Vintage)
94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, (for 2016 Vintage)

VINEYARD

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).
Training: Head trained (no trellis) spur pruned.
Yields: 1.5 to 3.5 tons per acre

WINEMAKING

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. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

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

TASTING NOTES

Two per cent mataro has an x-factor attraction, in that all components are elevating each other to greater heights. The sum is more than the parts. Attractive red berries with blackberries, blackcurrants and red plums, too. This is assertively structured and will deliver best from 2022. - James Suckling

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Alcohol: 14.4%

Residual Sugar: N/A

Acidity: N/A
pH: N/A

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Ridge Vineyards
Geyserville 2016
73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 7% P.Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet
 
RSD 12,445

AWARDS

95 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate (for 2016 Vintage)

94 Points - Vinous Antonio Galloni (for 2016 Vintage)

96 Points - James Suckling (for 2016 Vintage)

VINEYARD

Geyserville Vineyard is located on the Western edge of Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Soils: Gravelly loam
Age of Vines: Youngest 15 years; oldest over 125 years; sixty percent 50 years or older.
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Yields: 2 - 3 tons per acre

WINEMAKING

Sustainably farmed, hand-harvested estate-grown 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 ppm at crush; 180 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions. 

Fermentation: Full Crush, 100% floating cap. Natural primary and natural secondary (malolactic) fermentations; daily pump-overs; pressed at 9 days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 6% one, 9% two, and 65% three and four years old.)
Aging: Twelve months in barrel

TASTING NOTES

This is impressive for the sense of presence and depth it delivers on the nose and palate with subtly spiced dark plums and cherries, as well as cocoa powder and a superbly composed structure that delivers a seamless, long and fresh finish. - James Suckling

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Region: Alexander Valley, California
Alcohol: 14.5%

Residual Sugar: N/A

Acidity: N/A
pH: N/A