Lytton Springs 2014 Ridge Vineyards

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69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, 2% Mataro (Mourvedre)
Deep purple colour. Appealing aromas of black pepper, cassis, and liquorice- Layered plum, blackberry fruit on the palate; medium/full-bodied, with notes of mocha on the finish.
94+ Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
91+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
Description

Ridge Vineyards is one of California’s greatest vineyards - formed in 1962 with renowned winemaker Paul Draper being appointed in 1969. After stunning the world by their triumph in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting, Ridge Vineyards shot to fame and gained cult status almost overnight.

Since then, Ridge has concentrated on producing fine Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays from Monte Bello's exalted terroir as well as renowned Zinfandels from the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards in Sonoma County and is Ridge's ethos is simple: 100% dedication in the vineyards to grow the most concentrated and flavoursome grapes followed by 100% dedication in the winery with minimum intervention to draw all the fruit's natural richness into the wine.

Ridge have vineyards in two regions in California: the Santa Cruz Mountains, home to the Monte Bello vineyard and richly flavoured chardonnay and stylish Bordeaux blends; and Sonoma, where the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards show the real calibre of zinfandel ‘field blends’.