Mark Adams
September 5, 2015 | Mark Adams

Robert Parker, Vinous and Tasting Notes

“This is another one of those tiny upstarts from Paso Robles making gorgeous wines.”

– Jeb Dunnuck,  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Mark Adams has emerged as one of the region’s best new producers. “

-Josh Raynolds, Antonio Galloni’s Vinous


Tasting Notes

Josh Raynolds (Vinous) aptly said of the Ledge wines "the Saxum influence burns strong here but over the years I’ve started to detect a somewhat lighter touch to Adams’ wines than those of his mentor."

This is absolutely spot-on, and is as much a reflection of our Estate terroir as anything else. The Adams Ranch has sand, clay, sandstone, terra rossa and gravel based soils in the heart of the Willow Creek District and is surrounded by limestone-heavy sites. We are able to draw a stark distinction in style not necessarily through winemaking techniques, but through terroir. This is certainly true with the Adams Ranch Syrah. This was a happy accident. We chose neutral oak and whole cluster ferments over new oak and careful destemming not because we were trying to be renegades, but because we couldn't afford new barrels, and we didn't have enough fruit to nit-pick on the sorting table. We were so pleased with our delicate, old-world Syrah that as we continue to expand and incorporate new oak and world-class vineyard sources, we maintain our foundational minimalism which distinguishes our wines from our neighbors. Thank you very much for your interest in these wines, and we hope to pull a cork with you all sooner than later.

With Kind Regards,
Mark and Ciera Adams

Now on to the new releases!


2013 LEDGE Syrah, James Berry Vineyard
Paso Robles, Willow Creek District 

94 pts. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
Drink: 2020 – 2026
Glass-staining purple. Wild, powerfully scented blue fruit, lavender and Asian spice aromas expand and deepen with air, picking up suggestions of cola and woodsmoke. Sweet, seamless and concentrated, offering sappy black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that show a deft blend of power and vivacity. Closes sweet and juicy, with outstanding persistence and fine-grained tannins. There isn't much of this one to go around but it's well worth the hunt.
-Josh Raynolds

92-94 pts. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Drink: 2017 - 2025
Darker and deeper than the Adams Ranch Syrah, the 2013 Syrah James Berry Vineyard saw 50% whole cluster and is still aging in 50% new French oak. Black and blue fruits, smoked earth, pepper and a kiss of vanilla emerge from this full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and layered Syrah. It has lots of potential, but is still a youngster so give it a year or three in bottle.
-Jeb Dunnuck


2013 LEDGE Syrah, Adams Ranch Vineyard
Paso Robles, Willow Creek AVA

93 pts. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
Drink: 2019 – 2025
Inky purple. Powerful blackberry and boysenberry scents are complemented by star anise, white pepper and candied licorice. Broad, sweet and seamless, with smoke and mineral notes brightening the lush dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes sweet, spicy and very long, with smooth tannins building slowly and framing the wine's intense fruit.
-- Josh Raynolds


91-93 pts. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Drink: 2016 – 2025
Incorporating a tiny splash of Mourvedre and Grenache, the 2013 Syrah Adams Ranch Vineyard saw lots of whole cluster and has an old-school nose of peppery meats, currants, spice-box and rose petal. There's a touch of brett here, but it's plays nice and adds to the overall profile. Medium to full-bodied, structured and concentrated, it's an impressive Syrah to drink over the coming 7-8 years.
-Jeb Dunnuck


2013 LEDGE Zinfandel, Dante Dusi Vineyard
Paso Robles, Templeton Gap District

 92 pts. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
Drink: 2020 – 2026
Bright purple. Robust, expansive black and blue fruit aromas show very good energy and pick up suggestions of woodsmoke and Indian spices as the wine opens in the glass. Sweet, penetrating and seamless on the palate, offering intense blueberry and candied lavender flavors and a touch of vanilla. Sweet, spicy and quite seductive right now but this wine has the stuffing to reward patience. Finishes with fine-grained, mounting tannins.
-Josh Raynolds

 89-92 pts. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Drink: 2016 – 2023
Schedule to be bottled later this summer, the 2013 Zinfandel Dante Dusi should be outstanding. From a large vineyard of own-rooted vines, it saw 50% new oak during its elevage. Peppery herbs, bramble and juicy berry fruits all emerge from this rich, nicely concentrated and elegant red. Showing some chocolate and integrated oak on the finish, it should benefit from a year or so in bottle and drink well through at least 2023.
-Jeb Dunnuck 

2013 LEDGE Vineyard Drive, Rhone Blend
45% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache
Paso Robles, Willow Creek District

 92 pts. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
Drink: 2018 – 2023
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.
-- Josh Raynolds


2014 LEDGE Grenache Blanc, G2 Vineyard
Paso Robles, Willow Creek District

91 pts. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
Light, green-tinged gold. Mineral-accented scents of pear, tangerine and fennel, with a floral nuance adding complexity. Silky orchard fruit flavors become sweeter and deeper with air while maintaining urgency. Closes with strong stony bite and thrust, leaving Meyer lemon and floral notes behind. This distinctly vibrant, minerally take on its variety has more in common with examples from Spain's Terra Alta region than with southern France.
-- Josh Raynolds

 90 pts. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Brought up all in stainless steel, the 2014 Grenache Blanc has classic apple, butter citrus, mineral and touch of hazelnut to go with a juicy, clean, lively style on the palate. Showing the acidity that's common from this variety in California, it will be versatile on the dinner table and a great meal starter.

-Jeb Dunnuck


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