Winter is an ideal time to be an ATP member. The cold weather and hearty fare of the season are perfect complements to the portfolio of field-blend zinfandels and Rhone varieties produced exclusively for members of this program. These newest releases are no exception, as each of the three wines are rich and robust while showing wonderful complexity and lift. The three vineyards are located in the northern portion of Sonoma County, separated by a mere 8 miles. However, the vine age, grape variety, soil composition, and mesoclimates vary significantly between each growing location, which gives you a great contrast in styles from these three new wines. And what are these three wines?
For existing members receiving seasonal shipments, these wines will ship the week of February 23rd and will be available for will call pickup at our wineries beginning Friday, February 6th. If you are not currently a member and would like to ensure access to these wines, please be sure to join by Monday, February 16th. Information on how to join can be found by clicking here.
2010 Lytton Estate Syrah
91% syrah, 9% viognier
42 Barrels Produced
At Lytton Springs West, Ridge has just over three acres of twenty year old syrah noir, the California selection from plantings in 1916 and three and a half acres of younger French clones. These parcels are situated in the well-drained Sites soil on the bench overlooking Norton Creek. Since 1996, we have produced limited amounts for the Advance Tasting Program (ATP). Over time, the consistent quality showed syrah to be well matched to the climate and soil of Lytton Estate. As in the past, the 2010 vintage was co-fermented with a small amount of viognier from an adjacent parcel. Following harvest, it was assembled, in blind tasting, from the most intense and distinct lots.
2011 Mazzoni Home Ranch
57% Zinfandel, 42% Carignane, 1% Petite Sirah
43 barrels produced
Giuseppe Mazzoni and his fourteen-year-old brother-in-law, Abramo Trusendi, arrived from Italy in 1898 and went straight to work at the Italian Swiss Colony vineyard cooperative in Asti, California. In 1899, the two managed to acquire hillside acreage nearby overlooking Alexander Valley from the west. By 1910 they had built a winery and begun making wine. Except for the Prohibition years, the Mazzoni family produced wine there until 1978. They were great believers in the contribution each varietal in a field blend could make to the finished wine. Accordingly, their century-old zinfandel is interplanted with carignane, which adds elegance and lively acidity, and petite sirah, which provides spice and depth. The Mazzoni Home Ranch was purchased in 1988 by Niccolo and Flora Oltranti. They have replanted parts of the abandoned hillside, and in some years we will include a small amount from these younger zinfandel vines.
2012 Carmichael Zinfandel
76% zinfandel, 24% petite sirah
46 barrels produced
Originally a part of the Rancho Sotoyomi Spanish land grant, these one hundred acres were purchased in the mid-1800s by Archibald Carmichael. Ridge began farming the upper half of the ranch in 2000. The soils differ considerably between the upper and lower blocks. The Carmichael comes principally from the west side of the abandoned right of way of the old Northwestern Pacific railroad where soils transition from gravel to clay. This is our eighth release from the ranch.
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