Merlot

Alder Springs Vineyard

Mendocino County is located on the eastern flank of the coastal range among outcroppings of rock and virgin redwood. This vineyard has been a staple for Patz & Hall, Pax and Behrens & Hitchcock. Owner Stewart Bewley is a tinkerer of the best kind, totally indefatigable with extensive resources. The “Emerald Pool” is a landmark block of the Alder Springs Vineyard fashioned from fruit grown in pure volcanic soil and gravel.

  • Mendocino, CA
  • Terroir: Volcanic origin/ very gravelly soils
  • Clone 347 on 101-14
  • 12-acre mountain vineyard with northeastern exposure; vertical trellising, cane-pruned

WINE STYLE: Surprising Merlot in its structure and depth. Note earthy, smoked meats, blackberries, truffle, with superb structure, texture, and intensity. The wines exhibit tremendous power interwoven with considerable elegance and definition.