2016 LEDGE MCA Cuveé
Coming from the Adams Ranch, James Berry Vineyard, G2 Vineyard, Adelaida Vineyard and Rolph Family Vineyard, this is the only wine in the Ledge lineup that is a blend of vineyards. It consists of Zinfandel (30%), Petite Sirah (25%), Syrah (15%), Tannat (15%) and Cinsaut (15%). It was partially whole bunch and partially destemmed into stainless tanks and 2 ton poly fermenters. They cold soaked for a few days until the onset of wild fermentation. The juice was pumped over the skins directly and via delestage, ultimately punching down, pressing and barreling down once dry. The wine went dry in tank (primary fermentation) and went through malolcatic fermentation in barrel in March 2017. Both fermentations were wild.
The barrels used were new and used Rousseau, Meyrieux, Taransaud and Ermitage barrels, most of which were 400 liter vessels.
The value play from this estate is the 2016 MCA Cuvée, which is made from a kitchen sink blend of 30% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, and 15% each of Syrah, Tannat, and Cinsault. Its vivid ruby/purple color is followed by a ripe, lush, sexy wine that has loads of black and blue fruits, plenty of spice and flower incense aromas, medium to full body, terrific purity, and a great finish. It’s a smoking good wine to enjoy over the coming 5-6 years, if not longer-Jeb Dunnuck 93pts