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Alder Springs Estate Mendocino Syrah

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Alder Springs Estate Mendocino Syrah FOOD & WINE Wine Club Alder Springs Estate Mendocino Syrah
Winery Alder Springs
Grape Syrah
Year 2009
Country United States
Appellation Mendocino County

$39.00 per bottle

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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.
Smell It
Smell It
Aromatic, with black pepper, blackberry and wild herb notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Dark and richly fruity, with black tea and plum notes.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Boldly flavored red meat dishes, especially with peppery, earthy or fruity ingredients.