1993 Ridge Vineyards California Zinfandel Lytton Estate : Tasting Notes From The Ether, To Possible Mystical Purpose!

I can’t tell you WHY I’m all of a sudden posting these tasting notes, but there is a really good reason, I promise … and for some of you out there, well, this may just be a bit of help in a future decision that you may (happily!) find yourself contemplating with some combination of, oh, I don’t know, seriousness and thirst! Anyhow, on to the wine!


1993 California Zinfandel Lytton Estate

Appearance: Deep ruby middle, with a dark salmon limn. Precise rivulets, and a thick bowl glaze.

Aromatics: Slight duskiness right away; also, strong and diverse cherry notes (red, black, sour, maraschino, etc.), matched by strains of persimmon and currant.

Front: Again, lots of cherry fruit notes, with some enticingly sweet cream traces, all wrapped around a core of good, sweet fruit dominated by a ripe raspberry jam character. Hints of baked apples and pie spice, and a lingering nod to chocolate-covered cherries …

Mid-Palate: Surprisingly, and pleasantly, gentle acidity in the cheeks, with some warm tongue-side presence as well, counterbalancing some gently adhesive tannins, making for a sound and mature architecture … Sweetness and ripeness continue to definte the fruit profile …

Finish: Not an overtly long finish, but a very warm and wide one, with no sharp acidity or alcohol burn to interfere with the seasoned and sophisticated fruit profile.

Summary: Given that Paul Draper’s original projections for this wine posited a trajectory of development playing out over 5 to 8 years (tasting notes written in 1995), it’s absolutely stunning how drinkable this wine is! In fact, I should have just gone with a two-word-summary: how drinkable!

Categories: Lytton, Tasting Notes, Varietals & Blends, Zinfandel


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