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Ledge Vineyards




Mark Adams
April 29, 2020 | Mark Adams

Sending Out An SOS


We have been dipping in to a few of our library wines at home and feel that it is high time we share these wines with you. Your orders keep streaming in and we thank you for your patronage. 

Click on the WINES section to view our updated shop. We are excited to offer you not only our current releases, but selections that are on fumes and will simply not last long. We are also covering the shipping on certain orders. 

A friend texted me today who wanted to buy more of the 2015 MCA Cuvée. I was certain we had a few more cases remaining. I was wrong.

We are putting the 2013 and 2014 Vineyard Drive in the shop along with the 2016 and 17 MCA Cuvée Blends.

There is also a 4 bottle Vertical of Dante Dusi Zinfandel: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

As far as Grenache, the 2015 Rolph Family Vineyard Grenache is down to 6 cases. The 2016 is down to 14 cases. 


Snap them up and tell us what you think. Our reviews section can offer a little guidance. We are happy to report that they all hover in the mid 90s scoring wise.

We are currently offering free shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more via UPS Ground (to licensed regions) within the continental United States. For orders of 3-5 bottles we are offering $10 shipping. 

San Luis Obispo County residents are eligible for free shipping on orders of 3 bottles or more. Use promo code SLOCO.

To those of you not in SLO County, DON'T CHEAT. Ciera will catch you.

You have better chances of writing us a Ledge Love Letter to get a break on your shipping.

Keep on Keepin' on. We miss you all so.


Ciera and Mark Adams
Ledge Vineyards
(805) 434-8663 (text or cell)

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2020 at 11:11 PM Permalink to Sending Out An SOS Permalink
Mark Adams
April 22, 2020 | Mark Adams

Hospice du Postpôned

As you may know, Ledge is planted completely to Rhône grape varieties. Currently, we are planted exclusively to Châteauneuf du Pape grape varieties and are currently missing our favorite Rhône wine festival in Paso Robles.

In honor of Hopsice Du Rhône, the largest celebration of Rhône wines in the world, we wanted to post a few factoids and resourses for further exploration. We look forward to future gatherings!


If you are looking for rare or hard to find bottles, please EMAIL US WITH YOUR WISH LIST

Please also check out these Rhône Wine Related Organizations.

Rhône Grape Varieties
Twenty-Two Rhône Wine Varieties

Bourboulenc: (Burr-buh-lanc) light bodied, delicate floral, citrus, peach, melon, earth
Camarese: (Cam-are-ess) firm, tannins, delicate aromatics, pepper, spice
Carignane Noir: (Care-ig-non No-our) tannic, solid acidity, good color, cherry, raspberry, pepper
Cinsault Noir: (Sahn-so No-our) elegant, soft & lightly aromatic, strawberry, raspberry, smoke, earth
Clairette Blanc: (Claret Blan) big bodied, floral, aromatic, honeysuckle, tropical flowers, tropical fruits
Clairette Rose: (Clare-et Rose) light aromatics, fruit notes, soft strawberry, cherry, rose petal
Counoise Noir: (Coon-wahz No-our) lively acidity, spice, richness, raspberry, cherry, cranberry
Grenache Blanc: (Gra-nash blan) big bodied, soft, delicate peach, melon, pear
Grenache Gris: (Gra-Nash Gree) full-bodied, light in color, delicate strawberry, cherry, rose petal
Grenache Noir: (Gra-Nash o-our) big bodied, supple, & rich strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, black pepper
Marsanne: (Mar-san) broad palate, soft & rich, peach, nectarine, stone fruits, tuberose, sweet nuts
Mourvèdre: (More-ved) tannic, deeply colored, aromatic, black currant, dark cherries, leather, smoke, earth
Muscardin: (Mus-car-dan) floral, aromatic, firmly structured, rose petal, barnyard, earth
Muscat a Petits Grains: (Mus-cat ah Pet-eet Grahn) aromatic, floral, musk, honey, honeysuckle, lily, stone fruit
Picpoul Blanc: (Peek-pool Blan) floral, soft, aromatic, pear, earth, lily, daisy, wildflowers
Picpoul Noir: (Peek-pool No-our) floral, elegant, aromatic, rose, violet, dark cherry
Roussanne: (Roo-sahn) firmly structured, powerful, very rich, apricot, honey, almond, nutmeg, honeysuckle, iris
Syrah/Shiraz: (C-rah)/(She-raz) highly colored, firmly structured and aromatic, plum, raspberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, violet, roasted meats, smoke, chocolate, pepper, anise
Terret Noir: (Tare-it No-our) delicate, perfumed, bright acidity, rose petal, lavender, dark berries, spice
Ugni Blanc: (Ewn-yee Blan) delicate fruit, good acidity, pear, honey-dew melon, earth
Vaccarese: (Vac-car-ess) aromatic, firmly tannic, floral, pepper, spice, earth, smoke
Viognier: (Vee-ohn-yea) big bodied, very aromatic, complex apricot, musk, peaches, grapefruit, lychee, papaya, mango, tropical flowers




Time Posted: Apr 22, 2020 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Hospice du Postpôned Permalink
Mark Adams
April 15, 2020 | Mark Adams

Fresh Cut Crass


You guys should have purchased this wine when it was available.

Review by Stephen McConnell.

Honestly. Thanks for your purchases.

We are grateful. 

Bien Nacido is not to be missed. Fair warning. 

Shop is open. 

If you are in the medical field we will send you wine for free. 





SOOOOO FRUITY. But not in a *fruit-FWD* way or a Jolly Rancher way, no, this is dark, ridiculously concentrated and plummy fruit but with a sharp youthful edge to it, teetering on fresh-cut crass and even mixing barnyard around with the cherries on top. Nutty gravitas backs up the fruit on the nose almost like Champagne does. Toasted almond and a the pang of thorny berry leave a searing gash freely gushing pink cherry and crème de cassis.

Oh how I love the ways of Tannat. but this is not Basque country here boys & girls–this is pure Californ-i-ay, with barely a hint of rusticity. Straight BLOOD on the nose, a bloody pandemonium of bubbly fruit, but oh so restrained. No chubby cores, no oxidized edges, no cellar floor, no tar & brimstone, no coarseness. That’s a Hugh Johnson word. One I think I might mix into common wine-usage again. “The wines of the Pyrenees are coarser than the rest of France.”

More restraint in the mouth. Paso??? Restraint??? I remember many years ago I posted one of my stupid conversation-points on the facebook–this time about *wines with restraint* from Paso Robles. Of course many many comments later–most of which were ludicrous in their assertions–most of them jerk-off fanbois of a style quite hilarious alongside restraint–Ian Cauble goes, “Ledge.” I was like, WTF is this Mark Adams guy and where do I get these wines?

But wait. We were tasting this wine. Try to focus, Steve. In the mouth, the acid and structure take center-stage. All that fruit sits there and dwaddles in this rich bath of acid, fluxing everything for the application of tannin to follow shortly. Oh but it’s rich and decadent–holy shit one of those wines you just go HOW DO THEY DO THAT. Black cherry, tart and fresh runs rampant, blood orange and oily paprika in a pan. Cool and indifferent to your Paso stereotypes, the light and fresh finish is pure Tannat tannin heroin in a sweet tea package.

Kinda in awe of this wine not gonna lie.

2014 LEDGE Tannat G2 Willow Creek Paso Robles 15.5

Time Posted: Apr 15, 2020 at 11:11 PM Permalink to Fresh Cut Crass Permalink
Mark Adams
April 8, 2020 | Mark Adams

Buena Vista Social Club

Here is a nice review of our 2018 Bien Nacido Block 11 Syrah. Available for delivery in the shop now!


From Stephen McConnell  April 7, 2020

The color on this kinda gives away what it’s got in mind for you. Stupidly florescent purple crimson, day-glow Welch’s with a core of black so moon-less an owl couldn’t see through it. Impenetrable in the nose too–or rather doesn’t allow anything else to penetrate. Carmel-sugar briar, the kind of green buggy stew only arising from flogging brush, spray flying, tight cranberry providing the top layer of bright fruit and dense black licorice-ridden bloody stew blackberry. Lots of air pulls some buttery richness out–all that fruit and spice stays on its blood-orange-zest perch–brooding hand-in-hand with the acid.

I promise I will not use the word BLACK in this review again. Here’s the deal with these wines: Easily one of the best-kept secrets on the Central Coast–if not all of California. These wine lay so far under most serious Syrah collectors’ radar, it frankly shocks me sometimes. And they’re not *that* expensive. Let’s put it this way: if Saxum or Pax or some of Washington’s new darling child’s are in your cellar–or glass–you OWE it to yourself to get these wines. I’ll even promise your money back if not 100% thrilled and converted. *George Zimmer voice* I GUARANTEE IT.

Coy in the mouth. It doesn’t whistle randily at you as you might suspect from the jam-packed nose. Clean and tight and laser-focused. *Thin* isn’t exactly the proper word here, but the amount of transparent fluidity that deposits itself onto the tongue is shocking. The first one-third is ruled by elegant cherry and cola. A streak of sexy bitter raises up–raising the hair on your neck–arcing shark-fin-like from the rear forward, disappearing into the now-chunky fruit roll-up partitions your poor brain is trying to compartmentalize this wine into. Fresh fruit keeps pouring in, obfuscating your attempts to wrap up any thoughts. Sagebrush tannin and herbes de Provence angst prod the wild youthful fruit that has now occupied the finish.

Paso Robles Syrah brilliance meets Bien Nacido. That’s all I’m gonna say. This is a ridiculously delicious wine slaughtering Syrah stereotypes and doing it with such unpretentiousness.

2018 LEDGE Syrah Bien Nacido Santa Barbara Co. 15.5

Time Posted: Apr 8, 2020 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Buena Vista Social Club Permalink
Mark Adams
April 1, 2020 | Mark Adams

Long Distance Operator

Hello Friends,

Quick update and then I need to get on the tractor and mow like the wind. The generous rainfall has turned our cover crop into a veritable nitrogen-fixing jungle.


We ordinarily taste by appointment and sell most of our wines directly, but in these challenging times we have opened our online wine shop to the general public and will ship these wines directly to your door. Please review the list and visit the shop at /wines

Currently in the shop:

2018 Bien Nacido Syrah (95-97+ pts Dunnuck) NEW RELEASE
2017 Adams Ranch Vineyard (95 pts Vinous, 94+ pts Dunnuck) NEW RELEASE
2017 Ledge “MCA Cuvée” Red Blend NEW RELEASE
2019 James Berry Vineyard Rosé (Counoise) NEW RELEASE
2017 James Berry Vineyard Rhône Blend (95+ Dunnuck) WINE CLUB ONLY

NOT IN SHOP BUT AVAILABLE BY REQUEST (please email us with a wish list):

2015 Ledge Grenache (95 Dunnuck, 94 Vinous)
2016 Ledge Grenache (94 Dunnuck)
2015 Ledge “MCA Cuvée” (92-94 Dunnuck, 93 Vinous)
2014 Ledge Dante Dusi Zinfandel (91-93 Dunnuck)
2015 Ledge Dante Dusi Zinfandel (NR)
2014 Ledge Vineyard Drive Red Blend (91-93 Dunnuck, 93 Vinous)
2016 Ledge “MCA Cuvée” (93 Dunnuck)

Don’t hesitate to email us with any questions.

We wish you all well.

Mark and Ciera Adams
Ledge Vineyards

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2020 at 11:11 PM Permalink to Long Distance Operator Permalink