Mark Adams
June 5, 2019 | Mark Adams

Back on the Block

Keeping it short tonight as it is bottling day tomorrow.

Coming down the line:

2017 James Berry Vineyard (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Roussanne)

2017 Adams Ranch Vineyard (Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, Mourvedre)

Below are some snaps promised to you last week.

Until next time,
Git 'er done.

Meter by Meter Block (Syrah), Adams Ranch Vineyard. June 5, 2019, 8:15pm.
The Fin (Grenache), Adams Ranch Vineyard. June 5, 2019, 8:20pm.

Baby Block (Cinsaut), Adams Ranch Vineyard. June 5, 2019, 8:05pm

Time Posted: Jun 5, 2019 at 11:11 PM Permalink to Back on the Block Permalink
Mark Adams
May 29, 2019 | Mark Adams

Crosscut Saw

There have been spinning blades a'plenty here at the Adams Ranch.

I've been mowing the vineyard like a bat out of hell almost weekly and today I thought it would be a good idea to lube up the the ol' chainsaw and and clean up massive sections of a recently injured valley oak.

The branches that fell are bigger than many of the trees on the property.

My back is angry with me.

My blood pressure is high and I am an insomniac.

I sprained my eye, your honor.

I have tractor butt.

Do you mind if I belly ache some more?

I won't do it. 

Life is too good!

While I am feeling my age, the vineyard is looking better than ever.

My wife is a total rock star who runs the business like a champ. 

She answers almost all of your emails.

God bless her.

Be nice to her.

To top it all off we will be bottling the 2017 James Berry Vineyard and the 2017 Adams Ranch Vineyard wines next Thursday.

More and better pictures next week. 

Oh, and for the record, we are both readily available by phone and email.

My cell phone is on the bottle and we both receive the emails that go to this inbox:

info [at]

Talk to me goose.

Time Posted: May 29, 2019 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Crosscut Saw Permalink
Mark Adams
May 22, 2019 | Mark Adams

I'm the Map

Where are all of our grapes grown? See the map below! 

Please note that the varietals listed are grapes that have been included in current or past vintages of Ledge wines.
Most of these vineyards grow a wide range of varietals, not only those listed. 

James Berry Vineyard (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre and Roussanne):
Southwest quadrant of the Willow Creek District

Adams Ranch Vineyard (Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, Cinsaut, Counoise, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc):
Southwest quadrant of the Willow Creek District

G2 Vineyard (Grenache Blanc and Tannat):
Southwest quadrant of the Willow Creek District

Dante Dusi Vineyard (Zinfandel):
Central Templeton Gap District

Rolph Family Vineyard (Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel):
Central Adeliada District

Bien Nacido Estate (Syrah):
Santa Maria Valley AVA


Time Posted: May 22, 2019 at 11:11 AM Permalink to I'm the Map Permalink
Mark Adams
May 15, 2019 | Mark Adams

We've Only Just Begun

Greetings from Rainy Templeton,

No joke. It's May 15th and it's raining.

On with the show!

We usually base the titles of these blogs on songs.

We then try to tie them back into the story of Ledge Vineyards, the Adams Ranch or the wines.

This partcular excercise in reverse-storytelling is like an old-timey version of the game Six Degress of Kevin Bacon.

The following is what we learned tonight after choosing the title of this blog. 

The number-one hit song "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters debuted on a wedding-themed television commercial for Crocker National Bank in California in the winter of 1970.

The founder of Crocker National Bank, Charles F. Crocker, was also a Vice President of the Southern Pacific Railroad.  

Southern Pacific was connecting the railroad between San Fancisco and Los Angeles in the late 1880's.

The town of Templeton, California was named for Charles Crocker's only son, Templeton Crocker.

Templeton, California was a bustling stage coach town before the railroad was completed.

Ledge Vineyards and the Adams Ranch Vineyard are based in Templeton, California.

Templeton Crocker wrote the first American Opera produced in Europe.

Ledge Co-Founder Ciera Lamborn (Adams) earned a Doctorate in Classical Music from UCLA and has performed in numerous professional opera productions.

She also likes trains.

Until next time.

Keep on Chugging,
Mark & Ciera Adams


Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talkin' it over, just the two of us
Workin' together day to day


Mark Adams at the Kimberly Jones Selections Portfolio tasting, Downtown Los Angeles 5/13/19
Photo: Ciera Adams

Time Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:11 PM Permalink to We've Only Just Begun Permalink
Mark Adams
May 8, 2019 | Mark Adams

Templeton Gap

Lulu and I had an awesome walk.

The poor girl gets a bit tuckered in the tall weeds, so we rested often and took plenty of photographs. 

The Templeton Gap influence is really something to behold, but there are at least two other chambers of Zeus-like winds howling from the west.

The Tablas Creek blog is a better authority. 

Adams Ranch
May 8th, 2019 6pm-ish
Paso Robles, Willow Creek District 

Looking toward Cambria, CA (time lapse)

Looking toward Cayucos, CA.

Looking toward Creston, CA.


Time Posted: May 8, 2019 at 11:11 PM Permalink to Templeton Gap Permalink
Mark Adams
May 1, 2019 | Mark Adams

You Are My Sunshine feat. Les Poissons

Aaaand they're off!

With 4 inches to 2 feet of shoot growth and fan-like leaves in all of our mature blocks, the vines are absolutely going off. The babies from the nursery are also taking well to their new homes in the vineyards. Their little solar panel leaves are out, but the shoots are yet to reach for the sky. By next week that will change. 

In other news, on Monday I was honored to be a part of a round table at Saxum with Justin Smith and world-renowned French wine consultant Phillipe Cambie, who blended a wide array of Saxum barrel samples for the purpose of the Justin Smith / Phillipe Cambie project called Downstream, now in it's third vinatge.  While I have been invited to the blending sessions for all three vintages, it is always an honor to taste through these (around 20) barrel samples and soak up the intelligence and experience of these two masters. This wine, like Saxum is a wine that will be incredibly difficult to procure, but let me not dissuade you. Seek it out. Get on the list. The final blend is other worldly, fresh, complex and elegant. 

I've been meaning to open up comments on this blog, but the damn robots and spammers have me down. Let me know what you think via email here:

I'll probably open up the comments soon anyway and fight the bots off like zombies.

I can take 'em.

Later days and better ways...

Estrella Clone Syrah Solar Panel

The Downstream Team, L to R: Phillipe Cambie, Justin Smith, Sasha Verhage

Time Posted: May 1, 2019 at 11:11 AM Permalink to You Are My Sunshine feat. Les Poissons Permalink
Mark Adams
April 24, 2019 | Mark Adams

Tighten Up

Below are two photos of our Meter by Meter block, currently undergoing a heavy-duty haircut. The first few rows are mostly covered in wild oats. As we delve deeper into this block we encounter a sea of Vetch. We're cleaning all of this up right now and training these rapidly maturing vines in a vertically staggered gobelet (head trained) manner.  This is the 3rd leaf for this block (3 years old), and we should get a decent little harvest from these vines this year.  This is own rooted Estrella Clone Syrah planted in extremely cramped-quarters. It will deliver smaller-than-usual berries with nuanced flavor. 

Until next week, 

Time Posted: Apr 24, 2019 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Tighten Up Permalink
Mark Adams
April 17, 2019 | Mark Adams

Welcome to the Jungle

We've all heard the old adage, "Be careful what you wish for."

California and I were in cahoots for more rain and we got it.

The native plants and grasses on the ranch are happily going off, growing wild and free, while the vineyard is slowly being tamed.  Our biggest challenge right now is addressing the explosion of Vetch in the Meter by Meter and Orchard blocks. Vetch loves it here here, and while sometimes considered a weed, this nitrogen fixing legume is great for vineyards. It's just a pain in the ass to navigate while organically tending to the baby vines underneath it. 

As far as the rest of the vineyard is concerned, it's relatively smooth sailing. I've made several passes with the mower, alternating rows or blocks as the weeks go by in order to make sure the grasses can alternate as well. When the pattern changes, a fresh new swath of vegetation has popped up. Clover, Lupine, Yarrow, Vetch, Oat, Barley and dozens of other wonderful little plants rope though the rows with a vigor I've never seen in my 40 plus years on this property. 

It's pretty cool.

More next week. We're hooking up the drip for our baby Syrah which has been transplanted from the nursery into the OG Ledge block. 

Thanks for visiting.



Time Posted: Apr 17, 2019 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Welcome to the Jungle Permalink
Mark Adams
April 10, 2019 | Mark Adams

Git Along, Little Dogies

Lulu and some other dogies in repose at the Adams Ranch

While I do enjoy the challenge of balance, I've taken to stacking these cairns mostly for the well being of our mower. I can't tell you how many times (especially while mowing the Lake Block) that the tractor has breezed past a football-sized hunk of stone only to hear a "ker-chlunk!" as it gets scooped up into the blades of the mower. Lulu has been wise to keep her distance. Shards of sandstone have gone whizzing past her head more than once. Good girl, Lulu.

I'll be heading cave side tomorrow to check in on the 2017 and 2018 Ledge vintages. We will bottle the Adams Ranch and James Berry 2017s soon. The 2018s have recently gone through malolactic ferentation and are really starting to shore up flavor wise. We are very excited to share these new wines with everyone. The 2017s will include the usual suspects: Adams Ranch Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard, Rolph Family Vineyard and the amalgamation of all of those vineyards in the MCA Cuvée, the only non-vineyard designate in the batch. The 2018s will see the same lineup with the addition of a Bien Nacido 100% Syrah. Stoked!

Ranch wise, the nursery has been transplanted and the vineyard soil is plenty saturated. We designated the Bunkhouse Block as a field blend, with Syrah, Grenache, Counoise, Cinsaut and Roussanne planted for the estate red blend, and Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Clairette for the estate white blend. Ultimately we pick these grapes together in order to coferment them, but it is entirely likely that we will pick them seperately for optimum ripeness.

For those in the Los Angeles area, I will be pouring at Mission Wines in Pasedena this Friday the 12th. I look forward to seeing some old pals and of course making some new ones.




Time Posted: Apr 10, 2019 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Git Along, Little Dogies Permalink
Mark Adams
April 3, 2019 | Mark Adams

Transplant Song

Whelp, we found our window of opportunity and took it.

The rains stopped for about a week and we were able to transplant thousands of nursery vines into our vacant vineyard infrastructure.

Not much else to tell you right now. The photos below show how magnificently the cover crop continues to flourish, as well as a comparison between baby, adolescent and mature, fruitful vines.

Little Blue & Owls Clover in "The Fin" (Grenache)

Grenache Blanc in the Nursery

Newly Transplanted Syrah in the Upper Ledge Block (Syrah)

Lupine in the Orchard Block (Grenache)

Vitamin B-1 Transplant Solution & Counoise in the Nursery

Owls Clover in The Fin (Grenache)

Syrah Cuttings in the Nursery

Pre-Gobelet Grenache in The Fin

Gobelet Grenache in The Fin


Time Posted: Apr 3, 2019 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Transplant Song Permalink