From the Willow Creek District in Western Paso Robles, is an AVA that boasts a range of elevation sites perfectly suitable for growing vines. Throughout the oak laden hills, plantings of Syrah are most prized alongside other Rhône varietals. Local Mark Adams is one of Paso’s rising stars winemakers, at Ledge Vineyards. Adams’ approach shows the distinct influence of the years he has spent working alongside Justin Smith at Saxum, but we would say he wines are a touch more approachable earlier on than Saxum's can be.
Adams Ranch is a vineyard that is close to Adams' heart, as it has been his family's vineyard for quite some time. Adams’ parents purchased the 40-acre property in 1977 to raise cattle and today, Mark Adams and lives on the property with his family and has been slowly planting the suitable portions of the land to vines since 2005. The connection to this land is highly personal. The lineup of wines from Ledge has grown since Adams set up his own label in 2009 and given the modest prices and quality, these wines deliver superb value.
This is 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache, grown in sandy loam, clay, terra rosa and rocky sandstone soil, and then aged for 20 months in 1st use French Oak. The influence of the soils and oak is quite noticeable in its fine-grained tannins that slowly appears to build up to the finish, keeping the structure pure and graceful with bright acidity in its preliminary moments. The wine shows robust and powerful flavors and aromatics of sweet bramble fruit, vanilla and toasty spice. Fire up the grill, and grab of bottle of this! With a little age on it, the wine is truly hitting its stride and having peak drinking moments.
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