94 Insider Points
Soft rose petal, raspberry, and smoked meat on the nose. Red fruit in the glass, watermelon, red raspberry, candied apple and red plum with five spice. Long lingering finish. Fantastic food wine, pair with grilled meats, aged cheese and olives. -WB3/17
Mendocino County, CA
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Oh sure, you’ve seen Alder Springs. Patz & Hall and Kosta Browne (and a slew of other renowned wineries) produce wine from this hallowed site. But this one? This hearty red is the cherished creation of Alder Springs owner Stu Brewely. And it’s destined to make an appearance at your next cookout.
Rock Star Site: Ah yes, the far northern and untouched reaches of Mendocino. Undeveloped area bordered by majestic redwood, dramatic coastline, and the breathtaking Eel River. The Alder Springs site is a cool climate Eden and each vine enjoys its own personal paradise thanks to careful site selection
A Year to Remember: A golden vintage across the Golden State, Alder Springs languished under the mild, moderate temperatures of the ideal 2013 season. The Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Malbec grapes that give this wine its profound flavors hung onto their vines, ripening slowly until they reached the peak of ripeness. A not a minute longer.
Famed Fanclub: It’s no secret that we love Alder Springs. Their love of the land and scrupulous care for their vines bring expressive beauty to each bottle and glass. But we’re not alone. The Alder Springs fan club includes such notable wineries Patz & Hall, Rhys Vineyards, Arnot-Roberts, Pax Mahle’s Agharta label, Bedrock Cellars, MacPhail, Kosta Browne, and Y Rousseau. What a yummy party!
This red is already a favorite in-house. With a color that is dark as night, and flavors to match, this wine will surely impress. This wine is aromatically concentrated with notes of blackberry, black cherry, chocolate, and more subtle undertones of vanilla, spice, and herbs. Rich red and black fruit flavors, integrated tannins, and great acidity lead to an extraordinary texture and lingering finish. Consider pairing this wine with olives, braised beef shanks, or dark chocolate. Enjoy now!
In the late 1980s, Stu Bewley became fascinated with the mystery of how to grow world-class wine grapes.
Why do some vineyards regularly produce spectacular vintages and others vin ordinaire?
Bewley traveled to Europe and South America to interview growers, winemakers, and consultants. He studied viticulture at the University of California at Davis, and poured over books and scientific journals dedicated to rootstocks, clones, elevation and drainage. And over a period of years he began to develop his own theories about growing extraordinary grapes.
He began searching California for a place where he could test some of his ideas. Bewley looked at possible sites from Calaveras County to Carneros and the Sonoma Coast, taking hundreds of soil samples along the way. But while he saw a lot of interesting properties, they were all missing one or more key components – water, drainage, sun, or terrific soil.
"Alder Springs Ranch was the most magnificently beautiful spot I'd ever seen. I went back and looked at it six times and couldn't get it out of my head. There was no limit to how deep the roots could go."
Then, in 1991, Bewley decided to check out a former cattle operation that was for sale in far northern Mendocino County. He doubted the rugged, remote, high-altitude property would be suitable for viticulture but he decided to collect some soil samples anyway.
The results were a complete surprise – far outperforming anything he'd seen. The minerals and mix of nutrients in the soil were excellent, but the drainage was breathtaking.
He bought Alder Springs Ranch and broke ground in 1993, planting his first vineyard block.
Stunning alongside with tapas or bbq grilled meats.