Tax-Free Tuesday Returns!
Thanks for making 2013 another great year for Mission Wines! In appreciation for all of your loyal support we are excited to announce the return of Tax-Free Tuesday discounts.
Take advantage of no sales tax on all of your in-store purchases on Tuesdays.
Valid only on in-store purchases and available stock.
Last Friday of the Month Wine Tasting
Ledge Vineyards Paso Robles new releases
4 PM to 8 PM
5 Wines for $25 per person
Mark Adams – Paso Robles musician and Winemaker Mark is mister do-it-all, farmer, winemaker, musician, husband, father and formerly a sound effects editor for Sony. Mark is also the assistant winemaker for the renowned Saxum Winery with his childhood pal, Justin Smith.
Some say you can never go home again. Mark Adams would probably disagree. A West side Paso Robles native, Adams grew up on the very ranch he now farms, and lives in his childhood home. Mom and Dad are in the house just across the meadow.
"It's definitely a homesteading operation," says the winemaker. Adams' parents bought the land - now called Adams Ranch Vineyards - in the mid-'70s, to raise cattle and grow the occasional grain crop. It wasn't until 2005 that the first grapes were planted.An Americana musician, he was living in Los Angeles and working as a sound effects editor at Sony when the opportunity arose to farm his parents' land. To get some experience, he 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. In 2005, Adams, his wife, Ciera, and a bunch of college friends collected cuttings and planted them on their own roots on his parents' land - mostly sand and clay. The grapes were primarily Syrah, with just a touch of Grenache and Mourvedre."We had no certified rootstock; we didn't have a budget, crews or infrastructure," he recalls. "It was a wild, ill-advised ride for sure." Adams describes his winemaking technique as minimalistic, explaining that the wine is fermented in its own yeast, aged in neutral oak, and he doesn't blend. "It's really a hands-off operation."Still, when harvest time rolls around, everyone - wife, mom and dad included - becomes participants. Soon, 3-year-old daughter might even get in on the action. - SF Gate
2013 Los Topos Rose “The Moles”
This rose is souced from the sites Mark Adams works with around Paso Robles, and is made with Grenache and Syrah. There is a lovely balance of strawberry and light spice notes with a touch of minerality and some spice in the nose. This is amazingly drinkable and a ideal for california rose at this price.
2012 Catacombs White
The concept of Ledge Catacombs is simply that it is farmed in close proximity to the family estate. The vines are sustainably farmed and offer us some insight with regard to our planting decisions at the Adams Ranch. This wine is a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.
The wine is a bright straw to yellow color. The inviting nose has apples, white peaches, flinty minerals, lime zest and orange blossoms. This has medium body with an oily texture and good acidity. On the palate apples, minerals and peach hit up front with citrus and a floral note coming in on the back end. The finish has good length with just a hint of sweetness ading a touch or richness. This is very easy to sip on its own but would also pair nicely with food.
2012 Ledge Vineyard Drive Rhone Blend
93 Points Robert Parker
The 2012 Vineyard Drive is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Roussanne that spent 18 months in a combination of new and neutral French and Hungarian oak barrels. It possess a Rhone- like style with its peppery underbrush, graphite and sweet berry fruit. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich, yet structured and tannic wine that will require 1-2 years in the cellar, and evolve nicely through 2022.
2012 Ledge Dusi Ranch Zinfandel
From the famed Dante Dusi Vineyard, this is the first year Ledge purchased Dusi fruit. This is an unknown clone of Zinfandel, although it has been referred to as the “Dusi Clone” which is not really accurate. It was purchased from a California nursery in the 1920s. The Dusi family are lifelong friends – I went to kindergarten through 12th grade with Michael Dusi (Dante’s grandson) at Templeton – and so they let us purchase otherwise very sold out old vine zinfandel grapes. Picked from a variety of blocks that Turley also buys fruit from. 50% whole cluster (pigeage as it is sorted into T Bin) fermentation with wild yeast. 4 weeks on the skins. Aged 18 months in new Hungarian and neutral French oak. - Mark Adams
2012 James Berry Vineyard Syrah
94 Points Robert Parker
Coming from one of Paso Robles grand cru sites, the 2012 Syrah James Berry Vineyard has a serious floral streak to go with gorgeous black raspberry and blackberry fruit, ground pepper, licorice and crushed rock-like nuances. Full-bodied, elegant and layered, with rock-solid mid-palate depth, this beauty will benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve for over a decade.
This was another superb set of wines by winemaker Mark Adams, who is the assistant winemaker at Saxum. In addition to getting some grapes from Justin's James Berry Vineyard, he has an estate vineyard that's located just west of James Berry, in an east-facing, cool terroir. Harvest from this site normally stretches into late October, and the wines show the cooler nature of the site, with gamey, northern Rhone-like aromas and textures. This is an up-and-coming estate that needs to be on everyone's radar!
2010 Samsara Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County
Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011 (Antonio Galloni)
Grapes sourced from Melville, Turner, Kessler-Haak, and Rita’s Crown Vineyards “The 2010 Pinot Noir emerges from the glass with gorgeous radiant red fruit, flowers and sweet spices in an engaging, supple style that is impossible to resist. It possesses gorgeous mid-palate fleshiness and a clean, understated finish. Floral notes waft from the glass on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Chad Melville manages the vineyards for his family’s Melville estate and makes the Samsara wines in a small rented facility in Lompoc. The wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, aged in French oak (0-25% new) and bottled with no fining or filtration. The wines see fairly high percentage of whole clusters ranging from 50-100%. These are gorgeous, pure wines from an inspired, young producer whose career will be fascinating to follow.”
Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning the eternal cycle of life. The world we live in now. One of passion, oneness and harmony. This idea is key to the philosophy of Chad and Mary Melville’s Samsara wines. Chad and Mary produce limited releases of Pinot Noir and Syrah from micro-sites within carefully selected vineyards.
They truly believe that they are winegrowers, not winemakers - that is, that all of the important work is done in the vineyard and there is little handling or manipulation once the fruit reaches the winery. That includes the use of whole clusters in their fermentations, which lends a spiciness to the wines that Chad and Mary particularly like. "Stems help to absorb the overt fruitiness of wines. To us, too many California wines are simply about fruit and lack the complexity that we hope to impart to our wines.” From the Winery
Sunday thru Friday, during normal business hours
• $15/ Flight of 3 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
• $15/5 wines/$10 with purchase of any wine
Craftsman Brewing Co. beer available on tap for $5
We have elegant gift-box presentations to complement any of our wines and are always eager to hand-select, wrap, and ship wine gifts to your friends and clients within your parameters and budget.
Cepage Laguiole Gift Box $54.99
Chateau Laguiole $109.99
Black Horn/Green Stamina wood/Red Stamina wood