Mark Adams
 
September 16, 2020 | Mark Adams

International Grenache Day


Happy to join MJ @blackwineguy and Sonja @clemcarterwines and @casadumetzwines for #grenacheday supporting @hospicedurhone Link in bio (& details below) for our participating #Grenache #redwine 
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The 2016 Rolph Family Vineyard checks in as 100% Grenache that spent 20 months in a mix of new and used French oak barrels. It offers up a pretty bouquet of kirsch and strawberry fruits intermixed with plenty of white pepper, sappy herbs, spring flowers, and incense. It's another ethereal, elegant, beautifully pure red from Mark Adams that has balance, class, complexity, and length.
-Jeb Dunnuck 94pts

Time Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
September 9, 2020 | Mark Adams

Mars Hotel

Wine Release News Up Front:

Wine Club allocation is about to close and we will then open up all of our releases for direct purchase in an updated online store. If you are in the wine club and missed the email, please check your bulk and spam folders. Wine club will always have direct access to certain exclusive wines and experiences, so don't hesitate to inquire about your status. We appreciate your orders.

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Lately we've been seeing plenty of smoky, ashy, apocalyptic, orange-hued photos from the western United States. It's as if there is a solar eclipse happening here in Paso Robles as I write this.

No bueno.

With all of the precariousness in the world, perhaps the best thing for us to do is remain steadfast in our positive habits while indulging in the odd guilty pleasure. 

Ciera and I have been working out more regularly, eating healthier, and exploring new wine clubs and wine-oriented streaming education. As much as we miss the regular, personal space of our friends and family, we are able to text, call and video conference with people more often than we did prior to the pandemic.

Which brings me to this invitation.

Many of you probably don't know that my personal cell phone number is on the bottle. Call it! We are absolutely open to hosting remote tastings if you are out of the area. Interested in "sold out" library wines?  We are always finding old treasures in the warehouse. A few months ago we found a case of 2014 G2 Vineyard Tannat. We popped one, it tasted amazing, so we sold a few bottles. We don't keep these wines for sale on the website because there simply aren't enough to go around.

So text, call, email and inquire within. The most fulfilling thing about having a family winery is that we get to make all of the decisions ourselves. We delight in meeting and sharing special wines with those of you appreciate them the most.

Stay Cool, 
Mark Adams (and Family)
Ledge Vineyards
(805) 434-8663
 

Time Posted: Sep 9, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
September 2, 2020 | Mark Adams

Strange Days Indeed



This morning the fog was so thick we couldn't see the end of the vineyard. It was donwnright chilly. Come afternoon time I was sweatin' bullets. The diurnal temperature shift has consistently been around 50 degrees, which can be fine if it's from the 40's to the 90's, but when the highs are in the triple digits, we definitely see stress in the vines. This weekend we are expecting temperares to be up to 110 in Paso Robles. Verasion is almost complete in the Syrah, but we have several more weeks for the Grenache and Cinsaut. With teperatures like this we can be fooled by spiking sugar levels in the grapes, so we try to wait for consistently cooler temperatures to prevail before calling a pick. This lets the vines "recalibrate" so to speak. The sugars will go back down a few brix and the composure of the vines will become steady. 

If you haven't received your wine allocation email, we are working on that now. Please make sure to add info@ledgevineyards.com and wineclub@ledgevineyards.com to your contacts. We have had a few people find our notification emails in the dreaded junk folder. We always send at least three notification emails out prior to running wine club. This also gives everyone an opportunity to customize their orders. 

If you would like an allocation or to schedule an appointment,  please email either of those addresses.

Thanks for visiting.

More next week!
MCA

Time Posted: Sep 2, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
August 26, 2020 | Mark Adams

A Friend in California

San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles wine country got a much needed break from the smoke and the fires, thanks to the hard work of our firefighters and some timely weather. Our hearts go out to those who are still dealing with the fires, and for that matter, wild weather and apocalyptic circumstances throughout the country and around the world. 

Stay tuned to learn about a few upcoming charitable opportunities that Ledge will be participating in to assist with victims of the fires as well as Covid-19. 

In wine club news, the allocation will be closing tomorrow. If for some reason you missed out, don't hesitate to reach out to us directly.

Hang in there everyone!

We Apprecate You,
Mark & Ciera Adams

LEDGE

 

Time Posted: Aug 26, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
August 19, 2020 | Mark Adams

Fall 2020 Release

Allocations are open!

2018 Adams Ranch, James Berry Vineyard and Bien Nacido are available.

Please log in customize your October shipments and dont hesitate to email us with any questions.

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
August 12, 2020 | Mark Adams

Veraison and the Changing of the Guard

Hello from the Adams Ranch,

Forgive the lack of updates, but not a whole lot has been happening up here. Aside from basic maintenance, the vineyard has been transforming from canopy growth to ripening mode. The shoot growth has slowed and the plants are putting their energy into the grapes. Veraison is well on it's way throughout the vineyard with Syrah taking the lead, followed by Grenache, Roussanne and finally Cinsaut.

The jury is still out on whether or not we will make a Cinsaut rosé this year, but truth be told, we'd rather the Cinsaut reach optimal ripeness in order to include it in our red blend. The Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne are all on track for the usual October harvest, with yeilds a little bit down from last year. We have been dropping fruit on over cropped vines and taking precautions to make sure we get the finest fruit possible.

James Berry Vineyard (Willow Creek District, Paso Robles) is looking glorious as usual, as is our Syrah block at the Bien Nacido Estate (Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County).

These vineyards (along with the Adams Ranch) represent the future of the Ledge winery program. We encourage you to click the links above to learn more about these world class vineyard sites.

In other news, we have released wine club and will be updating our online store this week. Many of you have already customized your orders, but as you know, certain releases will sell out rapidly, so stock up on your favorites while you can.

For those not in the wine club, there are still wines avaialble for purchase in our online store.

You can visit the store by CLICKING HERE

We have two new releases for wine club: the 2018 Adams Ranch Syrah blend and the 2018 James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend.

Please check back next week for more updates and a streamlined online shopping module.

Happy Wine Wednesday and we wish you all the very best.

Sincerely,

Mark, Ciera and Elizabeth
 

Time Posted: Aug 12, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
July 8, 2020 | Mark Adams

Use The Tools Available

Untitled 2020 by Adam Enron Welch. From a collection of Ledge / Adams Ranch inspired works. 

Time Posted: Jul 8, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
June 24, 2020 | Mark Adams

Kodachrome

Here are some photograhs taken taken this morning at the Adams Ranch Vineyard, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, California.


Time Posted: Jun 24, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
June 10, 2020 | Mark Adams

Two More Bottles of Wine

Happy Wine Wednesday!

We put up the last of the Ledge 100% Grenache in the online store from vintages 2015 and 2016. We are down to our last few cases, so act now if you want to get in on these wines. 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE STORE 
or
HERE FOR THE LIMITED GRENACHE RELEASES

Both vintages of Grenache earned 95pt scores from Jeb Dunnuck.

Would you like to schedule a virtual tasting? We are happy to set up a private tasting with you via zoom.

EMAIL US FOR DETAILS

Tomorrow, Thursday June 12th at 3pm we will be participating in a Zoom Hangout with Chris Taranto of Paso Wine as well as Paul Lopez from Denner Winery and Daniel Callan of Thatcher Winery.

MORE INFO HERE

We have been cleaning up the vineyard, shoot thinning and planting. Here are a few photos taken yesterday evening at the Adams Ranch Vineyard. Thanks for visiting!

-MCA

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Roussanne in the Lake Block looking towards Cinsaut and Syrah in the Ledge Block.

Grenache in the Fin


Syrah in the Bunkhouse Block 

 

Time Posted: Jun 10, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Mark Adams
 
May 27, 2020 | Mark Adams

Phases and Stages

Moving right along...

Here are a few snaps of our current vineyard progress. We have vines in all stages of fruit set, pro bloom, partial bloom, full bloom, and baby fruit clusters as you will see below. We are experiencing a bit of a cool down and we hope the weather cooperates for the setting of all of our clusters. Stay tuned. To visit the wine shop, click HERE

Grenache at the Adams Ranch

Pre Bloom




Partial Bloom



Full Bloom



Fruit Set



Cinsaut in Year 3

 

Time Posted: May 27, 2020 at 11:11 PM