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California Soul Red Blend

by Ledge 2018

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Producer : Ledge Vineyards

Region : California (USA)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : BBQ, Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Veal roasted

Tasting Notes

While you may not know his name yet, winemaker Mark Adams comes from one of the top two estates in all of Paso Robles. He started his work in wine with none other than Justin Smith at Saxum vineyards, and to this day he still makes his wines in the Saxum cellar. So close is their bond that he is one of a handful of producers to be allowed to purchase fruit from the iconic James Berry Vineyard. Even more special though is where he makes the majority of his wines, on his family ranch. Situated just across the road from the James Berry Vineyard and Saxum winery, he dry-farms a mix of all 13 Rhone varieties and the results are astounding.  Even though the vines were planted in 2005, the wines from this vineyard are already reaching close to perfect scores.

The 2018 California Soul is a 70/30 blend of Grenache and Syrah that was farmed by Mark Adams in the Adelaida District, about eight miles north of the Ledge Estate vineyard. This wine gives you all the finesse of a northern Rhone style Syrah in a California wine. There are deep aromas of violets, blackberry, and forest. Leather and black currant on the palate with hints of black pepper. Full, rich and supple.


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Ledge Vineyards
Region California (USA)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 70% Garnacha, 30% Syrah / Shiraz
Food Pairing BBQ, Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Veal roasted
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $299.94

The Producer

Ledge Vineyards

Ledge Vineyards was founded by Mark Adams in 2005 after a life in music and sound effects for Sony in Los Angeles. Mark's parents had bought the land in Paso Robles - now called Adams Ranch Vineyards - in the mid-1970s to raise cattle and grow the occasional grain crop. It wasn't until 2005 that Mark decided to plant the first grapes, mostly on sand and clay. The Adams Ranch Vineyard rapidly expanded to include Syrah, Grenache and Mourvédre which was entirely own-rooted. It was largely dry farmed as the baby vines matured, but now the vineyard is a robust 15 acres planted to Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, Mourvédre, Cinsault and Counoise. The soils are a sandy clay loam, terra rosa, and gravelly rolled stones, and the property literally rests on a sandstone ledge at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, thus the name Ledge Vineyards.

To get some experience, Mark turned to childhood pal Justin Smith, a well-respected winemaker and vineyard consultant who gave him a job working at Saxum and its James Berry Vineyard just a mile from his land. His position at Saxum affords him access to fruit from a lot of unique and heralded vineyard sites. For example he is one of just two producers to work with Zinfandel fruit from the Dusi Vineyard (the other one is Turley). In addition to Adams Ranch, Mark and his wife Ciera currently work with James Berry Vineyard in Willow Creek AVA, Saxum Estate Vineyard and Dante Dusi Vineyard in Templeton Gap AVA, and G2 Vineyard in Willow Creek AVA.

In 2009, Ledge had its first estate harvest of the Adams Ranch Vineyard Syrah, which included a small amount of co-planted Grenache and Mourvedre. In 2010 the first full block of Grenache was planted. It was at this time that the wines began to take on a personality of their own, influenced as much by terroir as by winemaking style. The wines are a bit lower in alcohol than is typical for the area, and have a trademark freshness and complexity due to the sandy soils and neutral oak aging. Always exposed to experimentation at Saxum, Mark began to move toward his own winemaking paradigm, with partial whole-cluster inclusion and wild yeast fermentation. By the time the 2010 and 2011 vintages were in bottle, Ledge wines had carved out a reputation for being uniquely elegant Paso Robles wines, and as some would say, old-world in style!


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