2015 LEDGE Adams Ranch
Field-blended Syrah (80%) and Grenache (20%) grown by us right here on our property. We’re talking about a bunch of own-rooted vines that are dry-farmed, with the more mature blocks being a massale selection of clones from a number of excellent sources (if we told you where, we’d have to kill you). About half of the fruit is fermented whole cluster to keep that fruitiness going, and both varieties are co-fermented with wild yeast. We could use cultured yeast, but c’mon, this is west Paso and we’re okay with not being totally in control of everything, just to see what happens when Mother Nature gets involved.
JEB DUNNUCK REVIEW
An 80/20 split of Syrah and Grenache from the estate vineyard, which lies just across the valley from James Berry Vineyard, the 2015 Syrah Adams Ranch Vineyard will end up as a field blend from the site, which is a cooler, sandstone vineyard. Brought up in used 400-liter barrels, it has a Jamet-like peppery, meaty, olive and red and black fruited style to go with a medium to full-bodied, fine, elegant yet moderately tannic style on the palate. Despite the tannin (which are ripe), I suspect this beauty will shine right out of the gate.-Jeb Dunnuck, 93-95
Opaque ruby. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, cola, potpourri and smoky minerals, and a smoky Indian spice quality builds as the wine opens up. Shows impressive depth and focus on the palate, offering deep-pitched black raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors that tighten up and become spicier on the back half. Finishes sappy, youthfully tannic and extremely long, leaving behind smoky mineral and lavender pastille notes. Josh Raynolds 94pts