Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Estate 2016 - 750ml

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94pts Vinous

The 2016 Petite Syrah Lytton Springs 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.  Rating: 94+

93pts James Suckling

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. This is a superb wine. Pure petite sirah. Drink or hold.

90pts Connoisseurs' Guide

“Mannerly” is rarely a term employed in any description of Petite Sirah, but it can be used with a degree of legitimacy here if only by comparison to the varietal norm. The latest from Ridge is a deep and solidly fruity wine redolent of ripe berries, plums, hints of pepper and a touch of dark soil, and, if nicely balanced and close to polished, it does not give up its tannin soul. “Crafted” rather than “mannerly” is probably a better descriptor, but, while the right word might be elusive, there is unquestionably something a bit different here that separates this wine from its many grittier, far more blustery mates.

Winemaker Notes

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