More Vintage Wine Labels: Ridge California Zinfandel Lytton Spring 1972

Another brilliant vintage wine label courtesy of Mr. William Powell, the 1972 Ridge California Zinfandel Lytton Spring! And there is a good piece of trivia associated with this wine, anybody know it?


72 LyttonSpring

Categories: History, Lytton, Vintage Wine Labels

11 replies

  1. I have a Langtry Road 1978, which I’m waiting for the right occasion for 🙂

  2. I checked my web site ( and noted to my dismay that I had fsomehow failed to buy a bottle of the ’72 Lytton Spring when it was availabe in the market in the mid-70s.

  3. The 1972 label says “Lytton Spring”. Did any subsequent vintages of Lytton Springs wines go out in the singular form?

    • The 1973 label is plural – so I think your keen eye has noted another unique fact about this label. Plus, the 1973 label no longer makes reference to the Valley Vista Vineyard!

      • Great stuff gentlemen! Thanks for chiming in with all these insights! And thanks again to Mr. Powell for providing us this wonderful vintage label to begin with!

  4. Paul Draper on Lytton Springs

    The following is the text of an interview of Paul Draper by Charles Sullivan. It is excerpted from Wines and Winemakers of the Santa Clara Mountains – An Oral History, which was compiled and edited by Mr. Sullivan and published by the David R. Bennion Trust. It is used with the permission of the author.

    Paul Draper – “I think Richard Sherwin lived for years on a street called Valley Vista in Southern California. He came up here and purchased his vineyard in 1971. He sold grapes to Mondavi in that year and made a tiny amount of wine for himself. (He might have bought it in 1970) He called it Valley Vista Vineyard, and he continued to call it that right up to 1991.

    We met by chance one rainy day in the tasting room at the old Nervo Winery in Geyserville in the winter of 1971-72. I was standing there and Frank Nervo was serving us some of his old wine and we got to talking. So he told me that his grapes were just going into the Mondavi Zinfandel blend and he was interested in our single vineyard approach. He asked me to come over to the vineyard and we came to terms for the 1972 vintage.

    As we approached time to bottle the 1972 I had to start thinking about what to call the wine. Dick wanted to call it Valley Vista, but I had already decided that I didn’t think that was a suitable name for a wine of this quality. I had been looking at topographical maps and had seen a series of springs there and the old hotel. And there was an old stop on the Southern Pacific tracks called Lytton Station. At least one of those springs was on his property and it was the name given to the road. That was enough for me, and I told him I was going to call it Lytton Springs. Dick said that would never work commercially. He suggested I call it Healdsburg or something like that. But I went with Lytton Springs.

    The 1972 was quite Burgundian-like. It had an extended fermentation that gave it a certain spiciness and earthiness, which was unusual for a Zinfandel. It was rather exotic. The 1973 was one of the most perfectly balanced wines we ever made. It was really in a rich claret style. One of the things that gave the Lytton Springs wine such a good balance was that it had about 15% Petite Sirah mixed in the vineyard. These were vines that had been planted around the turn of the century. They were on St.George rootstock.”

  5. Ooooh! I know! I know! This is the first vintage of Lytton Springs. Did I win the bottle?? 😉

    • Correct! Tho I think you might be cheating … now, if I only had a bottle of this to award you with! Let me know if you find one up there at … Lytton Springs!

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