The supreme red grape variety for the Northern Rhône Valley – this time grown in northern Mendocino County. The steep hillsides and distinctive sandstone-based soils at Alder Springs Vineyard are ideally suited to Syrah.
The quintessential red grape variety of the Northern Rhône Valley in France also does very well in California. At Alder Springs Vineyard we have worked closely with owner/grapegrower Stuart Bewley to access Syrah from several clones and particularly from his “Spirit Rock” location. This is 100% Syrah. François Villard and Donald Patz were determined to make a wine of elegance and finesse utilizing the Syrah grapes from Alder Springs Vineyard. A very gentle extraction process, somewhat lower sugar levels and careful barrel aging have produced a Syrah unlike any other in California.