Welcome to the Ledson Castle Where the Wine is Even More Opulent than the Castle! (Red Wines)

The story begins in England in 1896 and is detailed out on the website https://ledson.com/discover-ledson/history/ . It is a tale of hard work, family ties and a desire to do more for the community. Steve Ledson’s history is both unique and common—unique with background and successful venture and common with family ties. His demeanor and casual manner bespeaks volumes. A couple of years ago, I had a friend come down from Oregon and had Assistant Winemaker Jerry Padilla conduct the private tasting. On the way out, Steve walked in with jeans and tee shirt having worked some aspect of the vineyard only to greet us, genuinely happy that our tasting went well. The Castle is the official tasting room of Ledson and the architecture and construction alone are worth the visit! Ledson Winery is offers the largest premium wine portfolio of any family owned winery in the United States. Today their offering numbers more than 70 wines annually!

2014 Sonoma Valley “Estate Vineyard” Cepage

A favorite since they first introduced it at Ledson many years ago. This year recently won the 2018 World Wine Championship Gold Medal. A classic Bordeaux blend with an almost overload on the nose and palate of plum, blackberry and blueberry. A velvety coating in the mouth with cherries and hint of chocolate resonating on the finish.  A limited release of 80 cases and price is $86.

2013 Alexander Valley “Estate Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2013 the epitome of an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This rich dark red wine was opulent and full bodied. Blackberries, raspberries and dark chocolate burst in the mouth. The finish is long and pleasing. Definitely a crowd pleaser and favorite. Price is $90.

2013 Napa Valley “Stagecoach Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon

The best red of the day went to the 2013 Napa Valley “Stagecoach Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine comes out of the historic area in Napa. The wine is saturated with a deep red and purple coloring. The complexity in the mouth is astonishing with blackberry, cherry and chocolate. This medium to medium heavy wine is royalty in a glass! Textures and opulence are only the beginning of this irresistible Cabernet Sauvignon. Priced at $120 and just 20 cases remaining. As you can see in the photo, this made it to dinner as well as the cellar!


Michael Kelly


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