Alder row five red 2011 bottle
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2011 Row Five Red Cuveé

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Appellation: California

By: Alder Springs Vineyard

In: Laytonville, CA

750mL / 13.5% ABV

Winestyr Review

This wine is an inky purple color in the glass. The nose of black currant and other dark fruit flavors hints at the intense darkness on the palate. The spicy finish exudes black and white pepper and exceptional minerality. This wine is a little lighter than some Petite Sirahs, but that has the effect of making it exceptionally quaffable. 50% Petite Sirah, 36% Syrah, 14% Malbec.

What We Love

  • Spicy, peppery, & intense
  • Great minerality
  • Very drinkable

This is a great wine on its own or with grilled meats - give it plenty of air and you'll be rewarded with dark flavors and minerality.

Experience

Stuart Bewley grew up in California's central valley, where hard work and farming were a part of life. But his name will be forever tied to the beverage that embodied The Beach. While in their twenties, Stuart and his high school friend Michael Crete experimented with mixing wine and fruit juices. They ended up inventing the wine cooler, and the iconic California Cooler brand. Within four years they went from selling cases out of the back of a pickup truck to a multi-million dollar business. When Stuart was in his early thirties, they sold California Cooler and he moved on to a new challenge. Going back to his farming roots, he immersed himself in the study of viticulture. His seven year search for the perfect site ended with Alder Springs ranch. He bought Alder Springs ranch and broke ground in 1993, planting his first vineyard block. Today, Stuart meticulously thins his grapes with a "bonsai" method. While his yield-per-acre is significantly below the industry average, the resulting quality of the grapes is of the finest in California.

Winery

Alder Springs Vineyard is known for producing exceptional fruit, specifically focusing on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Rhone red and white varietals. Arnot-Roberts, Pax, Kale Wines, Copain, Relic, Sojourn, Bedrock Wine Co, and Dirty & Rowdy are among the notable producers who purchase fruit from Alder Springs Vineyard which vouches for the quality of fruit being grown on Alder Springs' 6,000 acre ranch (only about 140 acres are planted) in Northern Mendocino, just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and ranging from 1,700 to 2,700 feet of elevation. We've gotten access to some very special allocations of their wines and are excited to make them available to you through Winestyr.

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