2019 Lytton Springs Ridge Vineyards
|Grapes||Carignan, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, Zinfandel|
In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century. Both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard were purchased in the early 1990s. The vineyard is planted to Zinfandel and its principal complementary varieties. Total rainfall was plentiful and summer was mild, resulting in excellent quality and quantity when the grapes were hand-harvested between 10 September and 14 October. The grapes were crushed and fermentation proceeded with natural yeast. After eleven days, the must was pressed off. The wine was aged for 14 months in air-dried American oak barrels, with 15% new wood. L&S (Feb 2021)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Although Ridge Vineyards began in the 1960s, wine has been produced at the site under the name 'Monte Bello Winery' since 1885 when Osea Perrone bought 180 acres of land near the top of Monte Bello. The winery passed through a couple of owners until 1960 when it was bought by four Stanford Research Institute engineers, David Bennion, Charles Rosen, Hewitt Crane, and Howard Zeidler, who produced its first commercial vintage in 1962. Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel account for the largest percentage of the wine produced at Ridge, and it is famous primarily for its reds.
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