Vinous - Feb 2020 - Josh Reynolds
Ciera and Mark Adams’ wines are delivering, by my estimation, some of the best bang-for-the-buck wines in Paso Robles.
They draw fruit from some of the top vineyards in the region as well as from their own, 40-acre estate, which sits at 1,230
feet in the Willow Creek District and which they have been steadily planting since 2005. The style here straddles richness
and energy, even in warm vintage, and the wines are deceptively forward, especially in 2017, which Mark said is ”a
hallmark of the vintage,” while adding that “even if they’re less rich than the 2016s, they are still plenty big.” Lots of
whole clusters are used here, which is no doubt the reason that the Ledge wines are typically highly and exotically
perfumed, with distinct spice and oral character. New oak is always used judiciously, if at all, and I have never noticed
it expressed in the slightest manner; on the contrary, even at their ripest these are always among the most elegant
and unadorned wines of region, vintage in and vintage out.
2016 Ledge Grenache Rolph Family Vineyard - 94 Points
Translucent ruby-red. Expressive, mineral-accented raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are complemented by
suggestions of incense, exotic spices and pungent owers. Seamless and impressively concentrated, offering intense
red fruit liqueur, spicecake and oral pastille avors sharpened by a jolt of smoky minerals. Rich yet energetic in style,
nishing with superb clarity, repeating spiciness and ne-grained tannins that sneak in late. This wine's seductive
spiciness had me guessing that some whole clusters were in the mix, but that's not the case – all of the fruit was
2016 Ledge Zinfandel Dante Dusi Vineyard - 94 Points
Brilliant magenta. Highly perfumed, spice- and mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry and licorice
carry a suave oral overtone. Stains the palate with intense, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and spicecake avors
that deftly blend power and nesse. Finishes sweet, smoky and extremely long, with resonating orality and a lingering
blueberry note. Made with 50% whole clusters and raised in neutral French and Hungarian oak barrels.
2017 Ledge Adams Ranch Vineyard - 95 Points
Deep brilliant magenta. Powerful aromas of ripe red and dark berries, exotic spices, potpourri and incense pick up a
smoky mineral element as the wine stretches out. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering alluringly sweet raspberry,
cola, spicecake and candied lavender avors that show ne delineation and back-end thrust. The oral and spice notes
build emphatically on a strikingly long, precise nish shaped by smooth, slowly emerging tannins.
2017 Ledge James Berry Vineyard - 95 Points
Brilliant violet. Potent, sharply focused red and blue fruit preserve, exotic spice and oral oil scents pick up a bright
mineral overtone as the wine opens up. Alluringly sweet and energetic on the palate, offering intense, sharply dened
raspberry, boysenberry and bitter cherry avors that slowly unfurl and become sweeter on the back half. Delivers an
uncanny blend of richness and delicacy and nishes extremely long and spicy, with resonating blue fruit character
and velvety tannins that come on steadily.
2016 Ledge MCA Cuvée - 93 Points
Glistening ruby. Expansive aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, potpourri and candied licorice are complemented by
building mineral and spice nuances. Juicy, expansive black raspberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry avors become
sweeter and put on weight with aeration. Youthful tannins lend subtle grip to an impressively long, spice-laced nish
that echoes the oral and blue fruit notes.