Vinous 95 points - The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the glass, the 2013 boasts tons of inky blue/purplish fruit, mocha, spices, new leather, lavender and licorice. Readers will have to give the Lytton Springs at least a few years to shed some baby fat, but it is nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage. Once again, the team at Ridge has produced an absolutely compelling Lytton Springs. The 16% Petite Sirah in the blend adds an unmistakable air of gravitas.
Wine Advocate 92 points - A blend of 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mataro (Mourvedre), the 2013 Lytton Springs is a sexy, plump and gorgeously rich effort that has lots of bramble, plums, violets and licorice on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated, it has a solid kick of tannin and will benefit from short term cellaring. 15-20 years of longevity isn’t out of the question here.
92+ Points (Oct 2015)
Wine Spectator 91 points - Refreshingly old-school in style, with floral dill and raspberry aromas and elegant, layered flavors of cherry, anise and pepper. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carginane and Mataro. Drink now through 2026. 12,481 cases made.
(Apr 15 2016)
very rich, yet well-structured wine is appealing now;
its lovely fruit will show to best advantage over the
next five to seven years. We made our first wine from this historic vineyard in 1972. Located on
the benchland and rolling hills between Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, it is just north of Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. Today Lytton
East and West, purchased by Ridge in the early nineties, are separated by several small residential parcels. In the 1870s, under "Captain" William Litton`s ownership, they were part of one property; the spelling evolved into "Lytton" by 1903. The vineyard is planted primarily to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals: they include petite sirah, carignane, a small amount of mataro (mourvèdre), and century-old grenache. After years of including "zinfandel" in a prominent position on the front label, we ceased to use it in 1993,
instead placing focus on the distinctive character of the site itself.