Wine Tasting – 1998 Ridge Lytton Springs

This is one of the wines we had last night for Thanksgiving dinner. Melissa and Eric (my in laws) picked this up while they were out in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago visiting my sister in law. So we were quite excited to be trying this Zin, one because it is a Ridge wine and two, because it was a ’98 Zin. So even though I am jumping ahead about 20 wines in my tasting notebook, I figured I would go ahead and post it since it was for the holiday.

Here is the breakdown of the varietals that went into the wine: 77% Zin, 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane, 4% Mataro, and 1% Alicante Boushcet.

Sorry I didn’t nab any pictures of the bottle but here are my tasting notes.

My tasting notes –

Nose – Blackberry, chocolate, copper and cut grass

Taste – Sherry, Raspberry, Herbs

Mouthfeel – Medium almost light body, silky smooth across the mid palate

Finish – very long and had quite a grip

This was like no other Zin that I or Megan have had. Not fruit forward and jammy, and in fact, of the fruit that was present, the aroma and flavors weren’t very powerful. It was also very light bodied for what I feel a Zin should be like. All that being said, I really enjoyed it and thought it was quite a good and well made wine.

I think they paid $50 for it at the winery and I am not sure if you can find it in stores anymore.

I hope everybody had a safe and fun holiday.

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