May 14, 2012
Shout out to the GOP. Not the Romney, need for breast feeding discussion in America kind. The wine blogging variety. The GOP‘s fearless leader known affectionately as Bastardo coined the phrase, “that Draper perfume.” As in Paul Draper, as opposed to Don, but no less a mad man when it comes to concocting Zinfandel blends out of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma. Draper’s perfume is unmistakable, inimitable, intoxicating. “Nothing else in the world smells like that…smells like victory.” Once upon a time there roamed Ernest and Julio, “party guys,” but today’s magazine should have that Water Buffalo-type Paul Draper grace the cover. I can’t think of another Californian winemaker as being of the people. I am unabashed to say the Lytton Springs is my favourite Dry Creek Zin and no mid-value California red consistently impresses 10 years on like this one. The LS can be had south of the 49th for less than $40 but can still play with the bigger boys. Here, a sneak peek from the VINTAGES, May 26, 2012 release.
Ridge Lytton Springs 2009 (982413, $46.95) will live in infamy like the ’92 and ’99. Immediate waft of freshly shucked vanilla bean. Ambrosial, earthy, briary fruit. Precise distillation inclusive of 23% Petite Sirah results in an impossibly lambent cordial. Not to mention you gotta love that Draper perfume. Open the magazine in 10-15 years time for the best read. 93
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