Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County First (commercial) vintage: 1972
• The oldest vines date back to 1901
• Varieties are intermingled in the vineyard
• There are 10-12 sub-blocks, fermented separately and tasted blind for typicity and intensity
• Ridge bought the estate in 1991, and built a solar-powered straw-bale winery on site
Wines: Lytton Springs, Lytton Estate Petite Sirah
The second of Ridge’s old-vine Zinfandel blends to be introduced, Lytton Springs follows a similar approach to express a different terroir via a slightly different varietal mix. With a denser soil and higher proportion of Petite Sirah, Lytton Springs is a richer, earthier, more tannic wine. Like Geyserville, it can age well into its second decade and often beyond.