Ridge Lytton Springs
Dry Creek Valley
Notes from the Producer
In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s, (In the 1870s, under “Captain” William Litton’s ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into “Lytton” by 1903.) The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.
Harvest Dates: 26 August – 6 September
Grapes: Average Brix 26.3 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary. Pressed at nine days.
Aging: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (21% new; 48% one, two and three years old; 31% four and five years old).
Time in Barrel: Fifteen months
Rainfall: Thirty-five inches (below average)
Weather: Dry spring and warm, dry summer, with no sustained heat spells.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Appealing briar/bramble aromas. Clay, earth, mineral, sweet toasty oak, crushed pepper. Rich tannins, solid structure; Intense blackberry fruit, exotic spice. Long, complex finish. Classic Lytton Springs. EB (7/09)