1990 Lytton Springs Zinfandel
Dry Creek, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $12.00 (from winery)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): Zinfandel

Now 14 years old, the freshness and quality of this "prehistoric" Zin are astonishing. This wine has always previously been a bit of a puzzle and we've never considered it one of their better examples. We've drunk probably two cases of this wine, which was being sold off by Ridge Vineyards when we purchased it. Virtually all the early bottles we tried had nice Dry Creek fruit, but an unpleasant level of volatile acidity. The last two bottles we've tried (before this bottle we tasted it in 2002) have been by far the best this wine has showed. Youthful, brilliant dark purple color, no hint of V.A. Nose and flavors of black raspberry, licorice, blackberry brandy. Nice spicy oak and eucalyptus to top it off. This is absolutely one of the best old Zins we've tried -- and the bizarre thing is it seems to be getting better. - WB team 2004-06-04


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