Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2016 | Superb Wine – Striking depth & Tons of character!
94+ Points Vinous |“The Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2016 is another fabulous wine in this range. Dense and powerful, the 2016 is endowed with striking depth and tons of character. The Petite tannins are nicely tamed in a wine that offers superb quality and pedigree. Creme de cassis, graphite, lavender and mint are front and center. The 2016 remains quite primary though, so readers need to be patient.” – Antonio Galloni.
Winery | Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2016 presents opaque purple in color, smoky and minerally on the nose. Well coated tannins integrate on the palate with black currant and plum fruit. Finishes with notes of eucalyptus and mint. JO (7/18)
93JS | This exuberant variety is tamed into a very composed and polished style with an array of ripe red plums, mulberries, and boysenberries. Super chalky and crunchy tannins here. Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2016 is a superb wine. Pure Petite Sirah. Drink or hold. ” – James Suckling.
Ridge Lytton Springs | Sustainable Vineyards
Lytton Springs is home to 100 plus-year-old zinfandel vines. While interplanted with Petite Sirah, Carignane, a small amount of Mataro (mourvèdre), and Grenache. For more than three decades the field blend from this site has produced the quintessential example of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Lytton Springs is a prime example of Ridge’s commitment to championing Heritage varietals. These varietals planted more than a century ago. While surviving in numerous locations. We honor the individual character of these vines by fermenting each variety and each lot separately. Then using natural yeast fermentation. Hence, letting the wines undergo natural malolactic, and employing minimal egg white fining.
Winemaker John Olney
So John began traveling to Europe at an early age where he was introduced to the culture of wine. He frequently visited the south of France where he spent time with his uncle, Richard Olney. Notably, Olney is a celebrated food and wine writer. As a result learning first hand many of the great European winemaking methods and traditions. Later, while attending a language exchange program in Provence, choosing to pursue wine as a career. So, in 1994, enrolling in enological studies at the Lycée Viticole in Burgundy. There, learning the craft of winemaking in greater depth. In 1996, John began work at Ridge’s Monte Bello Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. And in 1999, he was put in charge of the Lytton Springs Winery. Finally, overseeing the construction of the innovative 17,000 sq. ft. straw bale winery.
|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Superb Wine - Striking depth & Tons of character! 94+ points of Pure Petite Sirah | composed and polished|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||94+ Antonio Galloni, Vinous | 93JS|
|What is it?||Dry Creek Valley CA Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||Petite Sirah | ABV 13.8%|
|When to drink?||now thru 2028+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Red Meat, Comfort Foods, Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Anyone who loves big bold reds|
|Occasion||Big Meals with Big Steaks & Chops|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 60 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+|