2015 LEDGE Rolph Family Vineyard
John & Elizabeth Rolph’s vineyard is out in the Adelaida District, about eight miles away from the Ledge HQ. They’re hands-on grape farmers, and their now-30 acre vineyard produces some extremely high quality fruit. They also raise bees and chickens, grow olives and other fruit and vegetables. They’ve got horses too. The wine we produce from their fruit is made from Grenache (70%) co-fermented with Syrah (30%), with half destemmed and the rest going through fermentation whole-cluster. It’s aged in once-used 400 liter puncheons for 22 months before bottling, and as Jeb Dunnuck put it, “ it’s elegant, yet concentrated” and it “has fine tannin and a great finish.” And he said that last year, before it’d even been bottled! We’re really pleased with the way it’s turned out, a vinous representation of our appreciation of the effort put into the farming by the Rolphs.
The 2015 Ralph Family Vineyard is a cofermented blend of 70/30 Grenache and Syrah, made with 50% whole cluster, that will see 20 months in once used 400-liter barrels. Kirsch, blackberries, herbes de Provence, potpourri and white pepper all flow to a medium to full-bodied, silky, elegant, yet concentrated barrel sample that has fine tannin and a great finish. It’s my favorite of the 2015-barrel samples and is a truly sensational 2015 from the young Mark Adams. Don’t miss it! Jeb Dunnuck (94-96)
(made with 50% whole clusters and aged for 22 months in a large, one-year-old French oak barrel) Bright violet. A complex, expansive bouquet displays fresh dark berry, cherry liqueur, incense and candied violet qualities, and a smoky Indian spice note builds in the glass. Impressively concentrated yet energetic and precise, offering intense black raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Clings with excellent tenacity on a youthfully tannic, floral-dominated finish that leaves behind floral pastille and star anise notes. Josh Raynolds, 94pts