2017 LEDGE Adams Ranch $65
The 2017 Adams Ranch Vineyard is the result of two separate picks. The Syrah and the Roussanne were cofermented (largely whole cluster), seperately from the Grenache and the Mourvédre. This is the second year we included fruit from our Roussanne vines, adding floral aromatics and additional structure.
This wine was wild fermented and racked once before bottling, spending a majority of it's time on gross lees. It was aged for 20 months in mostly neutral oak, with about 25% new French oak in the mix.
The Adams Ranch was established in the mid 70's but was first planted in 2005 to purely to Rhône varietals, beginning with Estrella clone Syrah propogated from the Bone Rock terraces at James Berry Vineyard. The vineyard has expanded acre by acre to include Grenache, Mourvédre, Roussanne, Cinsaut, Counoise, and Grenache Blanc. The wines have been lauded for their elegance, gorgeous aromatics and stylish commitment to a sense of place.
Due to our specific soil types, this ranch is being planted specifically to those only allowed in the Chateauneuf du Pape region of France. This may change over time, but we would like to exhaust these options first, as ours is one of the few Willow Creek AVA sites with sandy loam, clay, terra rosa and rolled, rocky sandstone soils. Our design for the future is to focus mainly on two, field blended wines, one red and one white. Ultimately a red wine of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsaut, Counoise and Roussanne and a white wines of Roussanne, Clairette and Grenache Blanc.
"From the state property (not far from James Berry and in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles) and a blend of 51% Syrah, 46% Grenache, 2% Roussanne, and 1% Mourvèdre, brought up mostly in neutral oak, the 2017 Adams Ranch Vineyard has a singular bouquet of black cherries, mulberries, ground pepper, sappy underbrush, and hints of bacon fat, among other things. Incredibly complex and vibrant aromatically, it's medium to full-bodied, has sappy tannins, notable balance, and a great finish. It's a cool-climate, sappy red that needs 3-5 years of bottle age and is going to keep for over a decade. Those looking for classic decadent Paso Robles Syrah need to look elsewhere, but this is beauty is the real deal." -Jeb Dunnuck 94+pts
2017 Adams Ranch Vineyard
51% Syrah, 46% Grenache, 2% Roussanne, 1% Mourvédre
Paso Robles, Willow Creek AVA