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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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
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
G2 Vineyard is an ultra-premium vineyard in the Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA. This Tannat sits at the very top of a calcareous laden southwest facing plateau with 360 degree views of the Willow Creek AVA. It was mostly destemmed and fermented wild over the course of under two weeks. Aged in new and neutral 400 liter French oak barrels.
Picked for the purpose of rosé on October 21st 2017, this block is almost entirely Counoise with a few stray Cinsaut clones peppered in. It is in the heart of the James Berry Vineyard on clay loam and limestone soils. This is a visually stunning coral colored wine with breathtaking floral aromatics of peach blossom and watermelon that delivers a kindred flavor of stone fruit, sweet melon and honeysuckle. The finish is extraordinarily long with beautifully integrated aspects of fruit, melon, refined acidity and flower nectar
In the early 1920’s Dante Dusi planted this vineyard with an unknown Zinfandel clone, on it’s own roots. The vineyard is in the heart of the Templeton Gap District, just north of Templeton on the 101 across from brother Benito Dusi’s Zinfandel vineyard sourced by Ridge. The fruit is 50% whole cluster fermented, giving the wine a freshness and linear quality not common in Paso Robles Zinfandels. It was fermented wild and aged in 400 liter new French oak vessels for 22 months.
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.