Ledger David Cellars – Vineyard and Winery in Southern Oregon


2013 Cabernet Franc Wins Gold, Best of Show at 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

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A reflection on our journey with Cabernet Franc thus far; a lesson in sunshine.

Aeterna lux solis. Eternal sunshine or sunshine eternal. The Cabernet Franc grape requires eternal sunshine to grow and develop complex flavors. Complex Cabernet Franc wine brings sunshine eternal to those who covet the grape.


Gold, Best of Class
2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Just recently, our 4th vintage (2013 Cabernet Franc) earned a Gold, Best of Class distinction at the Cascadia Wine Competition. In their March 2016 article, “Top Wines from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition,” Great Northwest Wine declares the award winning vintage “…a superb example of Cabernet Franc.” The magazine goes on to say, “…this winery is gaining a reputation as a top Rogue Valley producer.”

Now, it’s time to reflect for a moment, and thank the editors for recognizing this varietal and the quality of the fruit and wine that we are working toward producing from our estate vineyard. To be recognized is humbling, as there are many great producers here in southern Oregon. Still, we are doing our part to make wines that reflect the terroir of our cooler locale, in a warm region. A site with multiple microclimates and varying degrees of elevation and fruit orientation on our 26 acres of land.

Here’s a glimpse into the path that lead to our 2013 Cabernet Franc. Producing this wine required complex, detail oriented, hands-on involvement from selecting varietals to specific clones, to vineyard practices with early leaf-thinning and multiple passes to thin grapes at veraison and 80% color change. We worked with experts in the industry including Greg Jones, PhD, Randy Gold, Pacific Crest Vineyard Services, Marcus Buchanan from OSU extension, Martin Mochizuki, from Napa based Mochizuki and Associates, and heeded the advice of winemakers Linda Donovan, John Quinones, and Herb Quady – who is very familiar with the Cabernet Franc in our vineyard and is becoming known as an expert for this varietal. In the vineyard, we watch, we listen to the experts, we walk, we taste, we farm, we wait, we taste again, we harvest, and then we wait again.

Our first 2010 vintage Cabernet Franc won silver at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine awards. Future vintages continued to garner awards at the Chronicle, with our 2011 also earning the “Champion” title in SIP Magazine’s 2014 Best of the Northwest wine awards. In the industry, it means something to see your name listed next to Ledson and Quady North in wine competitions. The effort that goes into producing exceptional Cabernet Franc fruit results in some personal bias toward that from your own estate, so third party reviews validate that feeling of successful farming of this grape in southern Oregon.

Farming complex, full flavored fruit sometimes equates to taking risks. Allowing the fruit adequate hang time to develop. This was especially needed in the cooler 10 and 11 seasons. Sometimes we wait to harvest Cabernet Franc late into October or into early November. Several extra days of sunshine on the Cabernet Franc clones can make a significant difference in complex flavor development. So rather than harvest Cabernet Franc when the flavors are “nearly there” in early October, we wait. And in southern Oregon that often means the risk of rain and/or frost.

Despite longer hang-time, cooler evenings at our site allow the Cabernet Franc fruit to maintain its acid, allowing for a more balanced wine. As the tasting notes from Great Northwest Wine describe, “…aromas of mild oak, vanilla, and Bing cherry lead to flavors of dried herbs, blueberry and a hint of cocoa powder. Everything is backed by remarkable acidity and mild tannins – making this a classic example of Northwest Cabernet Franc.”

Beyond the reviews and most important for the Ledger David family, we love to share this wine and enjoy the reaction as we pour the 2013 Cabernet Franc in our tasting room. Sharing our Cabernet Franc with those who have a similar affinity as we do for this grape is rewarding on a daily basis. We love to share the sunshine.

Cheers, to Aeterna lux solis.

I’d be amiss if I didn’t note… a very small lot of 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve is aging in the cellar as we speak. Our first reserve vintage. Wine Club members and those who purchased futures at our winter Vintner Dinner series got a sneak preview and a taste of the Sunshine to come.

Ledger David’s Year in Review: Awards & Accolades in 2015

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By Regina Vaccari

As we ring in 2016 with new wines so festive and bright, we want to take a moment to pause and celebrate the past – vintages that mark where we’ve been and that have helped shape where we are headed (hint: we’re aiming for “up”).

We are proud that all of our wines are made with single vineyard fruit from our estate in Talent, Oregon. Each bottle is handcrafted to reflect the highest quality in wine making. Blends still excite us and we aim to use our best fruit in these endeavors, which seems to be paying off. Several of our awards this year were earned for our Orion’s Nebula, Dark Night and Epitome of Three – all unique red blends in their own right. Our whites are catching up, too, indicative when our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Chenin Blanc both scored 90+ points and were named ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the Wine Enthusiast – one of the world’s leading resources for wine news – this past August.

Here’s a snapshot of awards won in 2015…and, thanks for “indulging” us this time!

2015 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Wine Awards, Tempranillo ’10, Double Gold • Malbec ’11, Double Gold

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Competition, Malbec ’11, Gold • Sauvignon Blanc ‘14, Silver • Sangiovese ‘12, Silver • Syrah ‘11, Silver • Cabernet Franc ‘12, Silver • Orion’s Nebula ’11, Silver • Dark Night ’11, Silver

Oregon Wine Press (March Issue), Cabernet Franc ’12, “Top Value Picks”

2015 Finger Lakes Wine Competition, Tempranillo ’12, Gold • Orion’s Nebula ’11, Silver • Sangiovese ’12, Silver

Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide (August Issue), Sauvignon Blanc ’14, 92 Points, ‘Editor’s Choice’ • Primoris ’13, 91 Points, ‘Editor’s Choice’ • 2012 Sangiovese ’12, 89 Points • Syrah ’11, 89 Points

2015 Oregon Wine Experience, Malbec ’13, Gold • Primoris ’14, Silver • Petit Verdot ’13, Silver

2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, Tempranillo ’12, Silver • Viognier ’13, Silver • Sauvignon Blanc ’14, Silver

Sunset Magazine’s Int’l Wine Competition, Sunset Buying Guide (October Issue), Tempranillo ’12, Silver

2015 Los Angeles Int’l Wine Competition, Tempranillo ’12, Silver • Sauvignon Blanc ’14, Silver

Portland Monthly Oregon’s 25 Best Wines Under $25 (October Issue), Sauvignon Blanc ’14, “Oregon’s Best Wines Under $25”

SIP Northwest Magazine – Best of the Pacific Northwest (October Issue), Malbec ’13, “Best Malbec”

2015 NW Food & Wine Festival, Dark Night ’13, Gold

Make plans to visit us in the New Year! Located in Central Point’s Artisan Corridor – a trifecta of the region’s most award-winning cheese, wine and chocolate – we’re now open daily from noon-5pm. Just 2 miles off I-5, left on exit 35.

Harvest Season Produces an Exciting Crop of New Wine Awards

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While the vineyard crew is busy bringing in the grapes that will ultimately produce wines for our 2015 vintage, past vintages and current releases are gaining new recognition this month by a number of noteworthy publications. We’re proud to share the results of our latest ‘crop’ of wine awards with you. Look for the October 2015 issues of these publications, which hit newsstands this month.

Ledger David 2013 Malbec, “Best Malbec”
SIP Northwest Magazine’s ‘Best of the Northwest’

Ledger David 2012 Tempranillo, Silver Winner
Sunset Magazine’s Int’l Wine Competition, Sunset Buying Guide

Ledger David 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Best Wine Under $25’
Portland Monthly Magazine’s, “Oregon’s Best Wines Under $25

Other recent wine awards include:

Ledger David 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 92 Points, ‘Editor’s Choice’
“Fermented in stainless steel and one neutral barrel, this aromatic and compelling wine is clean, fresh and full of delicious fruit.” – Editor Paul Gregutt

Ledger David 2013 Primoris Chenin Blanc – 91 Points, ‘Editor’s Choice’
“Chenin Blanc is quite rare in Oregon, and this wine, from vines planted just five years previously, may inspire others to follow suit…The balance and length are just right and the varietal character is in evidence throughout.” – Editor Paul Gregutt

Ledger David 2013 Malbec, Gold Winner
Oregon Wine Experience, August 2015

2013 Petit Verdot, Silver Winner
Oregon Wine Experience, August 2015

2014 Primoris Chenin Blanc, Silver Winner
Oregon Wine Experience, August 2015

In addition, Ledger David’s Dark Night red blend was also recently reviewed by notable wine blogger Michael Chelus of Nittany Epicurean, just in time for the new 2013 vintage to arrive!

Cheers to past, current and future vintages!

Ledger David Wine Scores 92 Points, Named ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Wine Enthusiast

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Sauvignon-Blanc-2014By Regina Vaccari
Marketing Director

Shhh….we’ve been keeping a secret so hard not to tell. How our latest vintages of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin and other wines turned out so well!

We are happy to share that the Editors at the Wine Enthusiast – one of the world’s leading resources for wine news – recently reviewed and rated Ledger David wines. Before the results are announced in the publication’s August Issue, we wanted you to be the first to hear the results!

Ledger David 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 92 Points, ‘Editor’s Choice’
“Fermented in stainless steel and one neutral barrel, this aromatic and compelling wine is clean, fresh and full of delicious fruit.” – Editor Paul Gregutt

Ledger David 2013 Primoris Chenin Blanc – 91 Points, ‘Editor’s Choice’
“Chenin Blanc is quite rare in Oregon, and this wine, from vines planted just five years previously, may inspire others to follow suit…The balance and length are just right and the varietal character is in evidence throughout.” – Editor Paul Gregutt

With just 87 cases of the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc produced and only 182 cases of the 2013 Chenin Blanc produced, these wines are offered with limited availability while vintage lasts.

Ledger David also received 89 Points for its 2012 Sangiovese and 2011 Syrah. Both wines are available on a limited basis.

The results will be published in the magazine’s August Wine Buying Guide online and in print.
For more info, visit http://buyingguide.winemag.com/.

To purchase any of these wines, visit www.ledgerdavid.com/buy-wine/.

Ledger David Wins Top Scores at San Francisco
Chronicle Awards

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By Kiley Evans

Dateline: San Francisco, CA.
Event: The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Result: Ledger David Cellars brings 9 medals back to the Rogue Valley including 4 for our first vintage efforts!

2011 Malbec. 2011 Dark Night. 2011 Syrah. 2012 Epitome of Three. Our first vintage of these crowd favorites medal at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Tack on awards for 2011 Orion’s Nebula, 2013 Sauvignon blanc, 2012 Sangiovese, 2012 Cabernet franc, and 2013 Primoris Chenin blanc, too.

Why is this a big deal? First of all, the fact that we are such a young winery makes us a legitimate David versus Goliath when compared to the big name established wineries. It’s a role we really enjoy, too. Secondly, we validate our focus on both varietal wines and blends. Our first Tempranillo-based blend, 2011 Dark Night, our first Syrah-based blend, 2012 Epitome of Three, and our flagship Cabernet franc-based blend, 2011 Orion’s Nebula, all brought home some hardware. Imagine the look on the judge’s faces when the bags are removed and our wines are standing right there toe to toe with the big brands with international reputations! We can almost hear the judges say, “That wine is from where? They grow that in Oregon? Seriously?”

The sheer size of the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, over 6,400 entries, is what makes it such an important measurement for our wines. The event conducts blind tastings by some of the country’s most highly regarded professionals in the wine, restaurant, travel, journalism, and academic industries. When the size of the playing field is considered, a medal at the Chronicle Competition is considered more prestigious than most others. Here’s to a great contest and inspiring results!

Taste Ledger David’s Best of the Best Wines of 2014

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By Winemaker Kiley Evans

The 2014 award season was been very kind to Ledger David Cellars, but how does one recap a season in which we entered only a few wine competitions and had stars emerge in each one? There are literally hundreds of competitions held annually throughout the country. Some producers like to tout 25 medals for an individual wine. Our philosophy on competitions is somewhat different. We could enter 30 or more wine competitions per year, but we prefer to enter only a few highly competitive and invitation-only contests so that our medals carry a bit more weight. In our eight competitions in 2014 we earned 17 medals. There isn’t room to mention each one individually, and that limitation always draws some less-than-kind glares from the wines not mentioned, so be kind to those wines when you visit Le Petit Tasting Room, but we can cover the major highlights.

First up, our 2011 Cabernet franc. By no means are producers of Cabernet franc in the Pacific Northwest few in number. In reality, we’re one of probably several hundred PNW producers when you consider Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Oregon. When we got the invitation from SIP Northwest to be considered in a “Best of the Best” competition we were flattered. When we got the news we won we were ecstatic. Look. The Cab franc is beaming, too.

Second in line is the 2011 Syrah. Syrah is a great match for the Ledger David Cellars estate vineyard. During the growing season Syrah obviously enjoys our east-facing slopes as it develops and ripens. We really enjoy the wine it produces, as well. The judges for Portland Monthly’s annual “Oregon’s 50 Best Wines” agreed. We ranked #35 in their tasting. There are easily 1,000 wines produced in Oregon in any given year. This distinction is both huge and humbling.

Last, but certainly not least, our 2011 Malbec. This is the first Malbec for Ledger David Cellars. We have always held Malbec in high regard and our site has produced some pretty good Malbec fruit, but we had to be certain we measured up before we took the plunge to bottle a varietal Malbec. When the wine was shipped to the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition we had no expectations. A few weeks later we got the news: Gold Medal, 93 points, and the second highest rated domestic Malbec. Yep, quite a year!

With all of these things in mind and the end of our harvest season approaching we thought a little tribute to these wines to finish off the year would be fun so we are planning a “Best of the Best” weekend for Sat., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 23. A $10 tasting fee will apply and we’ll have our three award winners available in their remaining limited quantities paired with small bites from Déjà Vu Bistro & Wine Bar in Jacksonville. Think we should make this an annual event?

2011 Malbec Wins 93 Point Gold at Los Angeles Int’l Wine Comp

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Gold was the color of our first vintage 2011 Malbec at the 2014 Los Angeles International WineCompetition! Ledger David received four medals for each of the wines we submitted at this year’s highly competitive competition.

We’re pretty proud of the results, which also included a silver medals for our 2010 Tempranillo and our 2012 Primoris Chenin Blanc, and a bronze for our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. For more information about the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, click here. Cheers!

Ledger David Cellars gains recognition at the 2014 SavorNW Wine Awards

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logoSNWBy Jeff Kloetzel

The annual SavorNW Wine Awards are designed to showcase Northwest wines and promote awareness of our great Pacific Northwest wine regions. The SavorNW contest is a professional, single-blind judging of wines from all over the Pacific Northwest. Ledger David submitted 6 wines for consideration this year, and over 550 bottles were evaluated at the February 2014 event. “Judges are instructed that any medal in our competition should be an above-average example of Northwest wine making,” said Gary Hayes, Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards. Silver Medals are above-average wines with distinctive character and Gold Medal wines are above-average wines with exceptional character.

Here’s how Ledger David wines fared:SONY DSC

      • Tempranillo ‘10 – Gold Medal
      • Primoris (Chenin Blanc) ‘12 Silver Medal
      • Sauvignon Blanc ‘12 – Silver Medal
      • Chardonnay ‘11 – Silver Medal
      • Sangiovese ‘11 – Silver Medal
      • Cabernet Franc ‘11 – Silver Medal

We’re proud to have received medals on all of our submissions. This marks the first Gold Medal (and fourth medal overall) for our 7-month-old Tempranillo ’10 – and yes, we’re happy with that recognition!

Taste these award-winners and other estate wines at our Le Petit Tasting Room in Central Point (open Oct.-April, Thurs. through Mon., noon-5pm and May-Sept. daily noon-5pm) next to Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms.  Visit www.ledgerdavid.com for more information on purchasing wines and to find out how you can join the Primoris Wine Club.

Ledger David’s Year in Review: Awards & Accolades in 2013

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By Jeff Kloetzel

The past year proved to be a great one for Ledger David wine recognition.  Our wines were reviewed by an array of competitions and critics.  We’re proud of the results!

  • 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Competition –  Orion’s Nebula ’10, Gold Medal  •  Cabernet Franc ’10, Silver  •  Viognier ’11, Silver  •  Primoris ’11, Silver
  • Oregon Wine Press – “Top Value Picks” (Feb. Review)   Sangiovese ’10  •  Orion’s Nebula ’10
  • Mail-Tribune “Wine of the Week” (Aug. Review)   Orion’s Nebula ‘10
  • 2013 World of Wine Competition –  Tempranillo ’10, Silver
  • Sunset Magazine (October) – top regional “Wines to Try” –  Tempranillo ‘10
  • Mail-Tribune “Wine of the Week” (Oct. Review)   Tempranillo ‘10.
  • 2013 Grand Harvest Awards Competition –  Primoris ’12, Silver
  • Medford Wine Examiner “Wine of the Week” (Nov. Review)   Tempranillo ‘10
  • 2013 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging Competition   Orion’s Nebula ’10, Double Gold
  • EnoBytes.com (Dec. Review)   Tempranillo ’10, Rating: Excellent (90)

While we of course enjoy our own products, it’s great to receive validation that our diligent work in the vineyard and our artisanal wine-making process pay off with wine judges from around the world. So make sure you have some in your glass!

Taste these and other estate wines at our Le Petit Tasting Room in Central Point (open Oct.-April, Thurs. through Mon., noon-5pm and May-Sept. daily noon-5pm) next to Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms.  Visit www.ledgerdavid.com for more information on purchasing wines and to find out how you can join the Primoris Wine Club.

First Vintage 2010 Tempranillo Featured in Sunset Magazine

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SONY DSCBy Andy Phillips

Ledger David Cellars is very excited to release our first vintage of award winning 2010 Tempranillo! Grapes are sourced from our estate vineyard located in the Wagner Creek Sub-basin in Talent, Oregon (Rogue Valley AVA) with an average elevation of 1900 ft.

The 2010 vintage was a bit challenging with a cooler season that set the harvest date back to October 22nd for optimum ripeness and flavor from 3rd leaf vines. The wine was beautifully custom crafted by B. Kiley Evans at Agate Ridge making just 247 cases of this gem.

This wine was featured in the October Sunset Magazine and was a silver medal winner at the 2013 World of Wine Festival here in southern Oregon. Aromas of clove, cinnamon and coffee followed by black cherry fruit and supple ripe tannins support a pleasing long finish.

Taste this and other estate wines at our Le Petit Tasting room in Central Point (open Oct.-April, Thurs. thru Mon., noon-5pm; May-Sept., daily noon-5pm.) next to the Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms Chocolate. Visit www.ledgerdavid.com for more information on purchasing our wines or to find out how you can join the Primoris Wine Club!