Ridge Petite Sirah Wine Lytton Estate, 2014
95 Points, Vinous Antonio Galloni. "The 2014 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate is outstanding. Deep, luscious and intense, but with none of the aggressiveness Petite so often presents, the 2014 is utterly captivating from the very first taste. Dark red and blue-hued stone fruits, mint, spices and licorice are front and center. The purity of the fruit here is simply remarkable. As hard as it may be to believe, the 2014 can be enjoyed on the young side. This is a tremendous wine. Don't miss it!" - Antonio Galloni
90 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate. "The inky colored 2014 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate shows the more forward style of the vintage with its big, succulent aromas and flavors of smoked black fruits, vanilla bean, scorched earth and leather. Lightly textured, graceful (especially for a Petite Sirah), with building tannin, it isn’t a blockbuster and leans more towards the elegant end of the spectrum. Drink it anytime over the coming decade." - Antonio Galloni
From the winery:
VINTAGE Harvest Dates: 2 – 9 September Grapes: Average Brix 23.8˚ Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary; limited pump-overs to once daily and kept free run and press wines separate; pressed at seven days. Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 55% one and two years old, 25% three years old). Aging: Fourteen months in barrel.
WINEMAKING Hand harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and partially crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush; 125 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.
Alc.by Vol. 13.9%