A blend of 49% Grenache, 19% Mourvédre & 32% Counoise from, and by, the mystical “Alder Springs Vineyard” in northern Mendocino County. Reminds me of a Northern Rhone Valley Syrah in its cigar wrapper, black olive, rosemary and raw lamb leg smells and flavors (oak too…the 14% new French oak frames the “wildness” of the wine nicely). Blueberries, red currants and dried figs come forth in the taste. In the end, the fruit and the savory spice/earth qualities marry nicely. Medium body, medium-high acidity and healthy, softened tannins. I call this “old world style” with the exception of the noticeable barrel influence.
While focusing on growing and selling grapes to small artisan wineries, Stuart Bewley has made small lots of wine from his “Alder Springs Vineyard” since the early 2000s. Byron Kosuge (B Kosuge Wines) has made the wines since 2011. Stuart stopped making wine after the 2018 vintage.