Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ledgewood Creek Vineyards

Ledgewood Creek Winery is in Suisun Valley near Fairfield but produces wines that are comparable to many Napa Valley wines.  I'm not sure if this is due to the very close proximity of their vineyards to Napa Valley or to the excellence of the winemaker, but this is a serious winery that you really should visit.  Tasting at the time of our visit was complementary and the service was very friendly and down to earth.

Among the wines that were quite good for the money were the Ledgewood Creek 2009 Estate Grown Three Clone Chardonnay, the Ledgewood Creek 2008 Syrah, the Ledgewood Creek 2007 Merlot and the Ledgewood Creek 2008 GSM. There were two real standouts (must buys) for me, though.  One was the Ledgewood Creek 2009 Signature Chardonnay at only $18 ($14.40 for club members).  This is a Chard that was not ruined by over oaking and excessive malolactic conversion.  It was very well balanced with a nice nose, good balanced acid, some pear on the palate and a lovely finish.  It sells at about half the price of a comparable Chard in Napa.  The other is the Ledgewood Creek 2007 GSM (which stands for the three varietals in the blend) a knockout red wine in the Rhone style, a wine that is an incredible bargain at only $18 ($14.40 for club members.)  It is made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (49%) and is evidence that the "Rhone Rangers" are up this way!  This is surely one of the best red wine buys and one that I could drink regularly.  If you are not familiar with full bodied, complex, interesting Rhone style reds, this would be a great place to start. 
Ledgewood Creek Winery
4589 Abernathy Rd
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 426-4424
Visited 11/12/2011 

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