This is the 44th vintage of Lytton Springs! The same ancient vines at Lytton Springs that captivated Paul Draper back in 1972 (when they were only 80-years-old) are still cranking out the goods today, making this Zinfandel/Carignan/Petite blend a plush, fathomless feast for the senses.
The 2016 Lytton Springs is also excellent, offering up aromas of crushed currants, plums, candied violets and baked clay. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and youthfully chewy, with a crunchy core of fruit and fine-grained but firm structuring tannins. It's a bit more burly and rustic than the satiny, sumptuous Geyserville this year—no surprise, given that the blend contains fully 23% Petite Sirah (alongside 69% Zinfandel, 6% Carignane and 2% Mataro).