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MCA Cuvee Paso Robles

by Ledge 2016


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Producer : Ledge Vineyards

Region : Paso Robles (USA), USA (USA)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Red Meat

Tasting Notes

"The value play from this estate is the 2016 MCA Cuvée, which is made from a kitchen sink blend of 30% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, and 15% each of Syrah, Tannat, and Cinsault. Its vivid ruby/purple color is followed by a ripe, lush, sexy wine that has loads of black and blue fruits, plenty of spice and flower incense aromas, medium to full body, terrific purity, and a great finish. It’s a smoking good wine to enjoy over the coming 5-6 years, if not longer. I continue to love the wines from the up and coming Mark Adams, who pulls from his estate Adams Ranch Vineyard as well as a handful of other top vineyards on the westside of Paso Robles. These are distintive, singular wines worth seeking out"

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, October 2019

"The 2016 MCA Cuvée Paso is made up of 30% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 15% Syrah, 15% Tannat and 15% Cinsault. Medium to deep ruby, it has a spicy nose with aromas of pepper, leather, sour cherries, cranberries, scorched earth and Angostura bitters plus notes of powdered sugar and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, the palate is bitters-tinged and lifted, with a grainy frame and long, perfumed finish."

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2020

"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 flavors become sweeter and put on weight with aeration. Youthful tannins lend subtle grip to an impressively long, spice-laced finish that echoes the floral and blue fruit notes."

93 Points - Vinous Media, February 2020


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 93
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Ledge Vineyards
Region Paso Robles (USA), USA (USA)
Alcohol 15.6% alc./vol.
Style Intense and bold reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 15% Cinsault, 25% Petite Sirah, 15% Syrah / Shiraz, 15% Tannat, 30% Zinfandel
Food Pairing Red Meat
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $449.94

The Producer

Ledge Vineyards

Ledge Vineyards was founded by Mark Adams in 2005 after a life in music and sound effects for Sony in Los Angeles. Mark's parents had bought the land in Paso Robles - now called Adams Ranch Vineyards - in the mid-1970s to raise cattle and grow the occasional grain crop. It wasn't until 2005 that Mark decided to plant the first grapes, mostly on sand and clay. The Adams Ranch Vineyard rapidly expanded to include Syrah, Grenache and Mourvédre which was entirely own-rooted. It was largely dry farmed as the baby vines matured, but now the vineyard is a robust 15 acres planted to Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, Mourvédre, Cinsault and Counoise. The soils are a sandy clay loam, terra rosa, and gravelly rolled stones, and the property literally rests on a sandstone ledge at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, thus the name Ledge Vineyards.

To get some experience, Mark turned to childhood pal Justin Smith, a well-respected winemaker and vineyard consultant who gave him a job working at Saxum and its James Berry Vineyard just a mile from his land. His position at Saxum affords him access to fruit from a lot of unique and heralded vineyard sites. For example he is one of just two producers to work with Zinfandel fruit from the Dusi Vineyard (the other one is Turley). In addition to Adams Ranch, Mark and his wife Ciera currently work with James Berry Vineyard in Willow Creek AVA, Saxum Estate Vineyard and Dante Dusi Vineyard in Templeton Gap AVA, and G2 Vineyard in Willow Creek AVA.

In 2009, Ledge had its first estate harvest of the Adams Ranch Vineyard Syrah, which included a small amount of co-planted Grenache and Mourvedre. In 2010 the first full block of Grenache was planted. It was at this time that the wines began to take on a personality of their own, influenced as much by terroir as by winemaking style. The wines are a bit lower in alcohol than is typical for the area, and have a trademark freshness and complexity due to the sandy soils and neutral oak aging. Always exposed to experimentation at Saxum, Mark began to move toward his own winemaking paradigm, with partial whole-cluster inclusion and wild yeast fermentation. By the time the 2010 and 2011 vintages were in bottle, Ledge wines had carved out a reputation for being uniquely elegant Paso Robles wines, and as some would say, old-world in style!


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