A new Petite Sirah from Ridge
We typically see the usual selection of Ridge wines in Washington, DC, so it was a no brainer to grab a bottle of 2013 Ridge, Lytton Estate, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley. Ridge wines can be fascinating to taste both young and mature. Petite Sirah wines can be quite a mouthful and evolve at a glacial pace. Indeed, the back label of the bottle states “This is one of the most structured petite sirahs we have made from Lytton Estates.” It certainly is compared to the 2010 vintage, which you may read about here. Despite that reference, the 2013 vintage is an overall elegant Petite Sirah in a larger context. It is both concentrated and forward. It may not become too expansive but I think it will open up with some much needed age. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Ridge, Lytton Estate, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County – $24
This wine is a blend of 97% Petite Sirah and 3% Zinfandel which was aged for 16 months in American oak. Alcohol 13.9%. The nose offers up inky, purple aromas mixed with buttered loaf and some smoke. In the mouth, this is a black, grapey, flavorful wine with acidity that is certainly present. The wine becomes savory with an umami, salt combination. It is textured with extract and ripe, chocolate flavors tannins. It is rather elegant for this variety. *** Now – 2031.