2015 LEDGE James Berry Vineyard
This is a blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre grown in the James Berry vineyard (but you probably already figured that out) and it may be our most popular wine. Is it because of the reputation of the vineyard? Is it the small amount of bottles we make? Is it our winemaking? Or maybe it’s a little bit of all of them. Whatever. We’re proud of how our James Berry bottling has evolved over the past couple of vintages and the 2015 is (we say humbly) the best so far.
The fruit was handpicked in late September, co-fermented with natural yeast and then aged for 21 months in what is an essentially-neutral Ermitage cask. Total production was a mere 530 bottles, pretty much all of it saved for our mailing list. Act quickly – we could probably drink all 530 bottles ourselves. It’s drinking well now, but give it a couple of years if you’ve got the patience.
The 2015 James Berry Vineyard checks in as a blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre that was harvested late September, not destemmed and co-fermented, before moving to used French oak. It offers a bright, perfumed, strawberry and purple fruited style, with has tons of floral, exotic aromatics, full-bodied, richness, sweet tannin and a great finish. It has moderate tannin and I suspect will drink nicely right out of the gate. Jeb Dunnuck (93-95)
Bright violet. Highly aromatic scents of ripe black and blue fruits, cola, Moroccan spices and floral pastilles. Plush, smooth and seamless on the palate, offering densely packed, smoke-tinged blackberry, candied licorice and bitter chocolate flavors complemented by subtle oak tones. Fruit-driven and impressively powerful yet lithe, finishing with mounting tannins, superb persistence and a suave echo of candied flowers. Josh Raynolds 94 pts.