Vineyard: Alder Springs

Alder Springs
OwnerStuart Bewley
AppellationMendocino County
Dates PlantedStarted in 1993.
LocationAmongst redwoods, 12 miles inland from Pacific Ocean
AspectA patchwork of many aspects, microclimates, exposures, soils and drainage making up 31 individual blocks. In essence, many, rather than one vineyard.
VarietiesCabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Malbec, Marsanne, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Rousanne, Viognier
Clones113, 115, 459, 667, 777, 828, 943, Calera, Chalone, DRC suitcase, La Tache, Swan, Wädenswil (2A)
Rootstock101-14, 1103P, 110R, 140R, 420A, 5C, Riparia Gloria
ManagersStuart Bewley

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 SPELL Nichole’s Blend Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.59, 902 cases, $39. A blend of grapes from Lorenzo, Hurst, DeVoto, Marimar, Terre de Promissio and Alder Springs vineyards. Aged in 25% new, 25% once used, and 50% older French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of cherry cobbler, raspberry coulis and baking spices. Elegant in the mouth with tangy acidity, featuring black cherry and raspberry flavors. Pleasant, with modest tannins and easy approachability. Slow to open and may benefit from another 6 to 12 months in bottle. Score: 87. Reviewed February 22, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 SPELL Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.58, 149 cases, $50. Dijon 459, 115, 667 and 777, Calera and “DRC” selections. Aged in 40% new, 25% once used and 35% older French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Pleasant array of aromas including cherry, berry, forest floor and oak spice. Discreetly concentrated but intensely flavored darker red berries and black plums with an earthy bent. The wine offers a generous acid backbone and balanced firm, dry tannins with a smooth texture. Very typical of this vineyard in my experience. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed February 22, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir

40% whole cluster, 45% new French oak. · Deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black raspberries and spice. Slightly rustic with black fruit flavors and firm, balanced tannins. Very earthy, showing tastes of iron. Enters with good attack and exits in a slippery fashion with a bright cut of acidity on the finish. Unique. Good (+). Reviewed April 13, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 SPELL Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 100 cases, $50. · Medium reddishpurple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, dark berry liquor, spice and an earthy-clay note typical of this vineyard. Mid weight cherry, berry and plum flavors with firm, balanced tannins, and a mineral-driven note of iron. Finishes with a zing of citrusy acidity. Very good. Reviewed May 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Olson Ogden Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.53, 143 cases, $65. This vineyard, farmed by Stu Bewley, is located an hour north of Ukiah, sitting on a mountain slope between 1700 and 2700 feet elevation. It is sustainably farmed with low yields ranging from 1.5 to 2 tons per acre. Clones are Wädenswil, 115, 459 and 777. Aged 17 months in 65% new French oak barrels. · Aromas of ripe, herb-dusted berries with particular notes of bay leaf. Discreetly concentrated core of perfectly ripened black cherries and dark red berries with an earthbound tone. A hint of wood spice adds interest. Firm, very slightly astringent tannic backbone. Memorable finish that you hate to end. Very good (+). Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »