Full Review

Alder Springs

Alder Springs
2013 Single Vineyard, Syrah, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Alder Springs
2013 Single Vineyard, Syrah, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of perfect ripe blueberries, white peppercorn, charcoal briquettes, and banana soufflé with a shy, dryish medium body and a fast finish revealing notes of toasted scone with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A stylish Syrah that hits all the right notes but has a stride all its own.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky, Oaky, Fruity, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: perfect ripe blueberries, white peppercorn, charcoal briquettes, and banana soufflé
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of toasted scone
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Rabbit, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A stylish Syrah that hits all the right notes but has a stride all its own.

The Producer

Alder Springs Vineyard

The Producer
2000 Bauer Rd
Laytonville, CA 95454
USA
1 707-984-8970

Syrah

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Syrah - also known as Shiraz, especially in Australia - is a red wine with rich, zesty plum and blackberry fruit along with a light spicy, sometimes peppery quality. The grape has light to medium tannins, meaning lighter versions are drinkable upon release. This has certainly helped this wine's popularity in the United States.

Full-bodied versions, such as Côte-Rôtie from France's Rhone Valley, are intense, deeply concentrated wines that need many years to round out; these are generally at their best seven to ten years after the vintage and can drink well for 20 years plus from the best vintages.

Recommended foods with Syrah include most red meats, game and barbecued foods.