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2015 LEDGE Adams Ranch

Field-blended Syrah (80%) and Grenache (20%) grown by us right here on our property. We’re talking about a bunch of own-rooted vines that are dry-farmed, with the more mature blocks being a massale selection of clones from a number of excellent sources (if we told you where, we’d have to kill you). About half of the fruit is fermented whole cluster to keep that fruitiness going, and both varieties are co-fermented with wild yeast. We could use cultured yeast, but c’mon, this is west Paso and we’re okay with not being totally in control of everything, just to see what happens when Mother Nature gets involved. 

94 pts VINOUS

93-95 pts JEB DUNNUCK

 

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SKU: 15LARV
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.

93-95 pts JEB DUNNUCK

94 pts VINOUS

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SKU: 15LJBV
Coming back next Spring for Wine Club only.
2015 LEDGE MCA CuveƩ

40% Tannat, 40% Grenache and 20% Syrah.  Rolph Family, G2 and Adams Ranch Vineyards.  Three vineyards, three grape varieties, two barrels, one chance to order – that’s a lot of math just for a bottle of wine, but this is a really fun wine to make. It’s sort of our answer to chaos theory (did anyone ask?) Although blending together Tannat, Grenache, and Syrah isn’t exactly counterintuitive, it’s not like a lot of other wineries are connecting these particular dots. Syrah and Grenache are our bread and butter around here, but Tannat plays nice with them, adding depth and gravitas (and tannin for days) intermingling with the fruity and savory components inherent in the Rhône varieties like they were all supporters of the same football team. This was the only wine this vintage that was not a co-fermented field blend; despite their co-habitability as a blend, we handled each lot separately and married them together about a month before bottling. Serve it with a steak or wait until winter and go all-out Frenchie and make a big pot of cassoulet.   

92-94 pts JEB DUNNUCK

93 pts VINOUS

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SKU: 15LMCAC
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. 

94-96 pts JEB DUNNUCK

94 pts VINOUS

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SKU: 15LRFV
2016 LEDGE G2 Grenache Blanc

100% Grenache Blanc from the G2 Vineyard in the Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA. 

The G2 Vineyard is the sister vineyard to Bill Gibbs' Heart Stone Vineyard in the Paso Robles Willow Creek District with steep limestone vineyards and panoramic westside views. This beautifully refreshing Grenache Blanc was slowly whole cluster pressed into a stainless steel tank, cold fermented with native yeast and bottled after 6 months in the same stainless vessel. It shows subtle melon, mineral and citrus notes with great acidity and a vibrant, clean finish.  

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SKU: 911616