2013 LEDGE, Vineyard Drive Red Blend $40
Incredibly rich and dense with Southern Rhône structure, Ledge’s “Vineyard Drive” immediately vaults to the top wines of Paso Robles. You are going to love this combination.
Ian Cauble, Somm Select
I’ve heard their name for quite some time now, so I was thrilled when a recent weekend excursion with the family led us to them. I was driving down the Central Coast and we stopped at a seaside town for a quick bite. Of course, we ventured inland a few miles and ended up at a local winery where they pointed us to nearby Ledge Vineyards. We rattled up a steep dirt road and arrived at what we later found out was the winemaker’s childhood home. After tasting through a string of impressive new releases, he pulled out a few back vintages and today’s 2013 “Vineyard Drive” was a showstopper. It is largely inspired by the finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape and made in minute quantities from Paso’s top vineyards. Though I don’t drink much wine from Paso Robles, this exception had me floored with its rich layers and nuanced earth; both framed with perfect tension. A full-bodied and wildly expressive standout from start to finish, Ledge is now forever on my radar—before long, it will be on everyone else's too. Less than 200 cases were originally produced and there aren’t many left to offer, so act now!