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Alder Springs is a remote, precipitously
steep vineyard in Mendocino that is one
of California’s greatest sites for Syrah.
What You Need To Know
Alder Springs owner Stuart Bewley
made a fortune from California Cooler, the beverage that ushered
in the wine cooler craze of the 1980s. After selling the business
in 1985, Bewley set his sights higher—literally. With the goal of
growing world-class wine, Bewley purchased a 6,000-acre former
cattle ranch high in the rugged Mendocino hills. Located 12
miles from the Pacific Ocean, the property has proved to be
phenomenally well-suited to Syrah, attracting cult labels such
as Pax and Patz & Hall as customers for its fruit. Bewley keeps
a small amount of grapes for his own estate label, relying
on respected winemaker Byron Kosgue (ex-Saintsbury) to
mastermind the wines. Just 227 cases of this Syrah were made.
Aromatic, with black
pepper, blackberry and
wild herb notes.
Dark and richly fruity, with
black tea and plum notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Boldly flavored red
meat dishes, especially
with peppery, earthy or