2016 LEDGE Adams Ranch $65
2016 Adams Ranch Vineyard
86% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 3% Roussanne
Paso Robles, Willow Creek AVA
94 Pts Vinous
93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast
We first planted the Estate Vineyard in 2005, one of the few Willow Creek AVA sites with sandy loam, clay, terra rosa and rocky sandstone soils. As a result the wine has a distinctive, almost coastal nuance. Many have compared this wine to a Saint Joseph wine, with prominent notes of rasberry and white pepper. This is a coferment (the different varietals were fermented together) and the Syrah included 50% whole bunch fermentation. This is the first year we included fruit from our Roussanne vines, adding floral aromatics and additional structure.
This wine was wild fermented and never racked, spending 20 months on gross lees in once used French oak.
"Deep bright-hued ruby. Intensely perfumed red and blue fruit, floral pastille, licorice and smoked meat aromas are sharpened by a zesty mineral nuance. Juicy, focused and deeply concentrated on the palate, offering sappy, gently sweet boysenberry flavors that slowly open up and take on a spicy nuance with air. Finishes smoky, chewy and impressively long, displaying lingering spiciness and steadily mounting tannins." -Josh Raynolds, Vinous