City Winery Reserve Syrah Cuvee Alder Springs 2018

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Tasting Notes
Jammy wine with fruit flavors

Wine Profile

This Syrah has a rich nose, filled with the smells sweet of pomegranate, candied plums, and dried fruit.  A pinch of black pepper on the nose makes a promise that is fulfilled with pink peppercorn on the tongue, the subtle aromatic spice becoming punchy on the palate.  Overall, this is a jammy wine with fruit flavors of plum and pomegranate, yielding to a mellow finish with a lingering tannin and leathery mouthfeel. 

This wine will pair well with grilled mushrooms and vegetables, or aged hard cheeses.  For the carnivore, we suggest intrinsically strong flavored meats, such as duck tacos or roast lamb.

Alder Springs is located in the cool Mendocino Valley above Sonoma in Northern California.  The vineyard is a series of rolling hills and steep inclines at high altitude touching the eastern edge of the Coastal Range.  

This hand-picked fruit undergoes 18 days of maceration in a open-top stainless steel fermenter, including 4 days of cold soak and 14 days of alcoholic fermentation.  Punch downs are performed three times per day during the maceration to gain a perfect extraction of all aromatics compounds.  Full malolactic fermentation is done with aging in neutral French oak barrels to create a beautiful and opulent structure.

"Lingering tannin and leathery mouthfeel"

Michael, Head Winemaker

Variety Syrah
Alcohol 14.1%
Vintage 2018
Volume 750 ML
Vineyard Alder Springs Vineyard
Case Production 100
AVA Mendocino, CA
Aging Capacity 3-5 years

How City Winery Makes Wine

Step 1
We contract carefully selected vineyards to supply grapes. Prior to harvest we choose our preferred varietals and make shipping arrangements.
Step 2
Crush and Maceration
Grapes are inspected upon arrival and if approved, de stemmed, sorted, and finally crushed.
Step 3
After fermentation the wine is barreled into the cellar to begin aging per the winemakers design. Typical aging is 6-10 months but options exist for aging up to 24 months.
Step 4
After the wine has aged to its optimal condition, our winemakers further refine the wine by blending it with other wines if desired.
Step 6
The finished wine is hand bottled, corked, and labeled.
Step 6
The Result
A carefully crafted wine made with grapes from the best vineyards and produced locally. Indulge.

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