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Vinous, 96 points
"The 2018 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah is totally stunning. Bright, focused and powerful, the 2018 presents a breathtaking interplay of rich Petite fruit allied to a classic, old-school sense of structure. Dark blue/purplish fruit, leather, licorice, lavender, menthol and gravel are some of the many notes that infuse the 2018 with all those layers of flavor. The 2018 is a real stunner."

Jeb Dunnuck, 92 points

"There are 4,600 cases of the 2018 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate. (There's 3% Zinfandel in the blend.) This dark-fruited, ripe, smoky wine has full-bodied richness, a rounded, opulent texture, good acidity, loads of currant and chocolate blue fruits, and a great finish. It picks up a chalky minerality with time in the glass and, despite being a big, rich wine, it has a terrific sense of freshness. It's going to evolve nicely for 10-15 years."

 

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Petite Sirah
  • APPELLATION
    Dry Creek Valley, California
  • ALCOHOL
    13.80%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Ridge is an all-time favorite here at Invino, and has been for many decades. A classic American winery, dedicated to old vines and balanced, complex wines, Ridge is truly an icon. That said, the new-release 2018s are some of the finest ever -- the scores and critical acclaim for even the “lower level” wines are astronomical. Take this gorgeous, head-spinning Petite Sirah from VERY old vines at the Lytton Estate in Geyserville (some dating back to 1901). 96 POINTS, $37 and a wine that will rock your world. Wow! We are buying as much as we can!

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892.

Vinous, 96 points: “The 2018 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah is totally stunning. Bright, focused and powerful, the 2018 presents a breathtaking interplay of rich Petite fruit allied to a classic, old-school sense of structure. Dark blue/purplish fruit, leather, licorice, lavender, menthol and gravel are some of the many notes that infuse the 2018 with all those layers of flavor. The 2018 is a real stunner.”

$37! Amazing! While it lasts!

THE STORY TO KNOW

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the upper vineyard, now referred to as the Perrone Ranch.