1999 Ridge Lytton Springs (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)

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California, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, USA, Zinfandel

I liked this surprisingly much. Despite 70% Zindandel, the 20% Petite Syrah and Mourvedre (Mataro) give this a very nice, grippy personality without being too fruit forward. Would I go out and buy this? Probably not, but I certainly enjoyed drinking it.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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