2013 LEDGE, Vineyard Drive
Incredibly rich and dense with Southern Rhône structure, Ledge’s “Vineyard Drive” immediately vaults to the top wines of Paso Robles. You are going to love this combination.
Ian Cauble, Somm Select
I’ve heard their name for quite some time now, so I was thrilled when a recent weekend excursion with the family led us to them. I was driving down the Central Coast and we stopped at a seaside town for a quick bite. Of course, we ventured inland a few miles and ended up at a local winery where they pointed us to nearby Ledge Vineyards. We rattled up a steep dirt road and arrived at what we later found out was the winemaker’s childhood home. After tasting through a string of impressive new releases, he pulled out a few back vintages and today’s 2013 “Vineyard Drive” was a showstopper. It is largely inspired by the finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape and made in minute quantities from Paso’s top vineyards. Though I don’t drink much wine from Paso Robles, this exception had me floored with its rich layers and nuanced earth; both framed with perfect tension. A full-bodied and wildly expressive standout from start to finish, Ledge is now forever on my radar—before long, it will be on everyone else's too.
Opaque ruby. Intense cherry, raspberry and floral oil scents, plus suggestions of incense and white pepper. At once juicy and seamless, with gently sweet red berry and cherry flavors fleshing out with aeration. Silky and suave in character, finishing with excellent clarity and persistence and gentle tannins that frame the exuberant fruit. Vinous-Josh Raynolds, 92 pts
The 2013 Vineyard Drive checks in as 45% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 25% Grenache (in 2013 it's from James Berry and Messina vineyards) that saw the standard 60% stems and 18 months in new and neutral French oak. Offering classic GSM notes of plums, peppery spice, smoked earth and licorice, it has full-bodied richness, plenty of texture and a balanced, incredibly drinkable style that will evolve nicely over the coming 7-8 years. Wine Advocate-Jeb Dunnuck, 92 pts