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WTN: 2002 Lytton Springs

by Patchen Markell » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:47 am

Ridge Vineyards 2002 Dry Creek Valley "Lytton Springs." 14.4% abv; 75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane. A decent but not great showing: there are some seductive aromatics that include enough licorice amidst the dark fruit, bramble and herb that I would almost have thought it a Nebbiolo if tasting blind; and the wine still seems fresh, and like it has something in reserve -- but whatever that is, it's holding it tightly, and doesn't really let us get more than a few peeks.

I think I have one more bottle.
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Re: WTN: 2002 Lytton Springs

by David M. Bueker » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:36 pm

That 20% PS is holding things in check.
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Re: WTN: 2002 Lytton Springs

by Patchen Markell » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:46 pm

Probably. I noticed this morning as I was recycling the bottle that they also decided to fine this wine after finding the tannins too harsh after a year in barrel, so I wonder if that could have neutered it a bit too. I'll never know: this turned out to be the last bottle (I used to think I preferred Geyserville to LS and so bought more of the former than the latter, but having now had more older Lytton Springs than I'd tried when I formed that judgment, I'm not so sure.)
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