Let it Rain
Whelp, thats a wrap on harvest for Ledge Vineyards.
Adams Ranch Vineyard (Paso Robles, Willow Creek):
Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne red blend
James Berry Vineyard (Paso Robles, Willow Creek):
Grenache, Mourvédre, Syrah, Roussanne red blend
Rosé of Counoise
Bien Nacido (Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley):
MCA Cuvèe (Paso Robles / Santa Barbara):
A red blend of Adams Ranch Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard and Bien Nacido Vineyard
A big thank you to Jordan Collins who assisted me in the vineyard and in the cellar. Jordan is a hard working and knowledgeable young man who also happens to be the son of Neil and Marci Collins of Lone Madrone, Tablas Creek and Bristols Cider House, fine establishments all. Thank you Jordan as well as my wife Ciera and daughter Elizabeth for your patience during these long days. Hip hip. Hip hip. Hip hip.
I would also like to thank the Academy, my agent Ari Graepsenstüff, my dog Fifi, my stylist Roberto, my trainer Gustavo, our vineyard manager Clavo, the House of Ways and Means on Winding Creek, Señor Ramirez our varmint slayer, pedal steel consultant Bob Hamilton, Barbara my editor, Roderico of Red Ale, Daryl Von Chardonwah, my personal chef Celine, Pablo the B-Bender, our archivist Timmer and last but not least Mom and Dad.
Some of the above are in jest, some not. Saxum gets a huge shout out for granting us a corner of their amazing space. Hello Senator.
Now a little rest and family time, after which I get to focus on the real winners, the vines. We are spreading organic compost in the vineyard and praying for rain. Some dormant time will be followed by some tilling and more nutrients, cover crop prep, pruning, bud break, flowering, fruit set, veraison, shoot thinning and fruit dropping...
Holy shit, then it's harvest again!
Hindsight is 2020.