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2011 Alder Springs Row Five White

2011 Alder Springs Row Five White Mendocino County

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Today's Wine Comments:

In the northern Rhone, Jean Louis Chave makes an Hermitage Blanc that is an unequivocal masterpiece, collected by sophisticated wine drinkers everywhere. In our tasting room, there were plenty of highfalutin comparisons to this great Rhone Marsanne-based white. If only our allocation of the Alder Springs Five Row white were plentiful, too.

Bursting with wildflower, fennel seed, lemon zest and ginger aromatics, the palate of this Marsanne and Viognier blend is rich and full-bodied, with all the stuffing of a red wine—brought into a laser-like focus by citric acidity and pure, crystalline stone fruit. Minimal use of oak (none of it new) keeps the flavors bright and zingy. There is no mistaking this Mendocino Rhone-style white for any other varietal out there, and there are few foods that would not prove to be ideal partners to this round white wine, whose richness is especially well geared to crab and lobster dishes.

Four reasons we love it:
Mendocino saw cool weather and frequent storms in the 2011 growing season, which produced smaller yields of elegant, European-styled wines with fine balance and bright acidity.

From the New York Times: “About 12 miles to the west, visible from the 2,700-foot apex, is the Mendocino Coast. To the northeast is the snow-covered Yolla Bolly Range of the Klamath Mountains. But nowhere within miles of Alder Springs do you see other vineyards, which makes it one of the more unusual vineyards in California, if not the world.”

“Row Five” may be Alder Springs’ second label, but it is in no way a second-rate wine. The label is designed to bring earlier drinking bottles to excited imbibers ready for their sips now.

Alder Springs owner Stu Bewley traveled throughout California, Europe and South America interviewing winegrowers, winemakers and consultants. He studied at UC Davis and poured over the tomes of wine information. After pondering rootstocks, clones, elevation, and drainage, Stu settled on an isolated plot in Mendocino. And, voila! A legend was born!

Bright, fresh acidity backing generous peach and apricot fruit flavors and enticing spice and mineral notes for complexity. Aromas of stone fruit, like white peach and nectarine, sweet delicate florasl like white flowers and honey suckle, with touches of citrus, vanilla and hazelnut. The flavors on the palate consist of peach, apricot, mandarin orange, lemon merengue, and a hit of toasted oak with vibrant acidity.

On the hilly 6,000-acre Alder Springs Ranch in far northern Mendocino County, Stuart Bewley has been growing some of California's most outstanding wine grapes since 1993. At elevations ranging from 1,700 to 2,700 feet, Bewley practices his patented brand of extremist viticulture on a patchwork of vineyards perched along the steep sandstone slopes of the Coast Range. The mountainous ranch is a decidedly challenging spot to cultivate grapes, but the results have been superb.

Stunning alongside grilled fish, cooked pork meats and soft goat's cheese.

Wine Ratings

90 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

The 2011 Row Five White from Alder Springs is a zesty and drinkable blend of Marsanne and Viognier from the estate vineyard in northern Mendocino County.  While the wine is showing hints of oxidation from the multiple years in the bottle, the acidity is lively and the fruit flavors of peach, pear and lemon are fresh and long lasting on the palate.  The combination of a cool year in this already cool climate has allowed this wine to shine for many years.  Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ Apr 2017

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