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Lytton Springs

In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted on the eastern half of the vineyard at the turn of the century, and purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s, (In the 1870s, under 'Captain' William Litton's ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into 'Lytton' by 1903). The vineyard is planted to zinfandel and its principal complementary varietals.


Lytton Springs has become synonymous with classic Dry Creek Zinfandel. It shows potent, ripe raspberryand blackberry, but also a pronounced rusticity and earthiness often attributed to its blending varietals; Petite Sirah and Carignane. Acid and tannin are firm, yet not overwhelming; in youth, at least, fruit predominates. This balanced, powerful wine becomes more nuanced with age, and it often holds for more than a decade.


Ridge Lytton Springs 2018

“The 2018 Lytton Springs is a blend of 72% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane and 2% Mataro. The nose is lush and open, with aromas of aniseed, red and blue berries, blood orange and earth plus touches of tobacco leaf and dried flowers. The medium-bodied palate combines intense, powerful flavors with a more ethereal, silty structure, and it finishes with loads of juicy layers. It’s stunning straight from bottle but will have more to give with time in the cellar.”

96 Points - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate (February 2021)

 

Ridge Lytton Springs 2019

“The 2019 Lytton Springs is another embryonic wine in this range. Readers will have to be patient. Time in the glass brings out an exotic mélange of rose petal, blood orange, pomegranate and star anise, all wrapped together by plush, silky tannins. There is a lot of wine here. Healthy dollops of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro round out the blend, but the Zinfandel is pretty expressive in the leading role.”

95 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2022)

 Pair with classic Beef Bourguignon

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds beef chuck or other boneless stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes and patted dry
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces pancetta or bacon lardons, diced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 750-milliliter bottle of red wine
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 large sprig of thyme
  • 8 ounces pearl onions, peeled (about 12 to 15 onions)
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved if large (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch sugar
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Directions:

  • Season beef with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Set aside for at least 30 minutes at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid, cook lardons over medium-low heat until fat is rendered and lardons are browned and crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes.
    With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve fat in pot.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Raise heat under pot to medium-high and cook until fat starts to smoke.
  • Lay half of the beef cubes in a single layer in the pot, leaving space between pieces, and cook until well browned on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining beef. Removed beef from the pot and set aside.
  • Add onion, carrot and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt into the pot with the beef fat and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and tomato paste, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add flour and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute then add wine, bay leaf and thyme, scraping up brown bits at the bottom of the pot.
  • Add browned beef and half of the cooked lardons back to pot, cover, and transfer to oven. Let cook until beef is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours, turning meat halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet set over high heat, combine pearl onions, mushrooms, 1/4 cup water, olive oil and a pinch each of salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to medium, cooking for 15 minutes. Uncover, raise heat to high, and cook, tossing frequently, until vegetables are well browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • To serve, scatter onions and mushrooms and remaining cooked lardons over stew, then top with parsley.

 

 

 

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