2017 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Petite Sirah

49.95 41.28


Out of stock
Gift wrapping possible in cart
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Winery Ridge Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Grape Syrah-Shiraz
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2021 - 2030
View all characteristics Discover more about this wine

Lytton Springs is a famous single vineyard in Dry Creek Valley with vines up to 100 years (!) old. The plants grow as unguided 'bush vines' low to the ground. The poor siliceous and clayey soil ensures naturally low yields (average 30 hl/ha) and excellent concentration in the grapes. The inky colored Petite Sirah Lytton Estate has juicy aromas and flavors of dark/black fruits, vanilla, smoky notes and leather. The Ridge Petit Sirah is elegant and graceful with beautiful tannins. It is not a blockbuster but an elegant wine which is special for a Sirah. The aftertaste is spicy, long and complex. Fine to drink now, but if you want to put it away for another 15 years, that's fine too.

Vineyard for 2017 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Petite Sirah

The history of this prestigious California wine estate has its origins in 1885, when Osea Perrone acquires 70 acres in the Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 1989, the winery Paul Draper, a doctor of philosophy at Stanford University, took over this domain and applied the knowledge he had acquired in Chile in a pragamatic way. His goal is to naturally get the most out of the aromas and the intensity of the grape. Ridge Winery is a unique company that makes wines that are almost always matched among the top bordeaux in blind tastings. Wine with finesse. A second feature is the incredible storage potential of Ridge's wines.

Ridge wines are among the absolute California top year after year and never fail. Long before it became fashionable in California, Paul Draper worked with “Vineyard designated” wines (terroir wines), with “wild yeasts” (natural yeasts) and with “low tech” wines (natural, little treated, unfiltered, ...). This friendly, humble man received a philosophy and not an oenology education. Yet it is considered by many to be one of the largest winemakers in the world. He also recognized early on that Zinfandel is a noble grape if you choose a good terroir and preferably with old vines. Both Geyserville and Lyttons Springs are among the absolute top in Zinfandel. Paul Draper always chooses a 'blend' of Zinfandel with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Carignan, Grenache,… The pioneers more than 100 years ago already knew this recipe for greater complexity and the grapes were mostly planted together ('field blend') . We have been importing the wines from Ridge Vineyards for 15 years but the interest in the top wine Monte Bello has never been so great. Undoubtedly, the recent “Judgment of Paris tasting” has generated a lot of media attention. This notorious tasting of 30 years ago was recently repeated with at least a surprising result. In 1976 Steven Spurrier organized a tasting in Paris where some Californian top Cabernets and Chardonnays were tasted against top wines from Bordeaux and Bourgogne (blind of course). The predominantly French tasters almost unanimously chose the Californian wines and that hit immediately. Now I am extremely skeptical of such comparative tastings. In addition to the well-known 'apples and pears' argument, you can choose a year that was strong in California, for example, and less in Bordeaux or vice versa. You may also want to take a sample of 100 wines and not ten or twenty. The most cited criticism from French or European connoisseurs was that a tasting of young wines favors the more ripe and sweet Californian wines and that after a long aging the real truth would emerge. But woe for the French, as was now evident in both the American and the European tasting panel: the best California Cabernets aged very well and the big winner was the Monte Bello 1970! A nice surprise for French chauvinism, but what can we conclude from this? In fairness, we must confess that the storage potential of most Bordeaux class wines remains greater than that of the California Cabernets. However, some top California wines can age beautifully and none have a better track record than Monte Bello. The next question is whether Monte Bello is a typical example of California or rather an exceptional outsider? Monte Bello can actually be called a pronounced representative of a small (counter) current within the California wines that strives for a modest maturity of the grapes, freshness in acids and a great elegance and complexity of taste. This is of course only possible in a cooler climate. The 'Monte Bello ridge' is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains at an altitude of 400-600 meters. The grapes ripen beautifully with great effort but never overripe. The Cabernets range between 12.5 and 13.5 in alcohol. Just like in the Médoc, the contribution of Merlot is not a luxury but necessary to tame the solid structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon. The best tickets go to Monte Bello and the rest goes to the 'second wine'; the 'Santa Cruz Mountains' (excellent price / quality!).

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Winery Ridge Vineyards
Grape Syrah-Shiraz
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2017
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 92
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden
Write Your Own Review
You're reviewing:2017 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Petite Sirah
Your Rating


Which dish goes perfectly with this wine?

Our online smart sommelier will help you!

Latest review


2021 Venus la Universal Dido Blanc BIO

"Heerlijke wijn. Mooi puur sap. " Ernst

View product review