The 2010 Sandstone Seven is reminiscent of the great white wines of the southern Rhone, consisting of 40% Viognier, 40% Marsanne, and 20% Roussanne. A wine which certainly speaks of its place, Alder Springs Vineyard lies seven miles from the Pacific coast in Mendocino and sits on well drained ancient sandstone slopes. Three blocks rest at elevations ranging from 1700’ to 2700’. The coastal range offers the perfect blend of maritime influence and daytime sun exposure. The climate, coupled with Stu Bewley’s farming practices led us to put this wine together.
Stu’s attention to detail has been termed, bonsai farming, treating each cluster as if it were the entire vineyard, thus yielding small, complex and intensely flavored berries. Bright white flowers jump from the glass, along with a supporting ensemble of lemon zest, quince, and wet stones. The palate entry is silky & rich with a fine line of acidic structure framing a bouquet of Bosque pear, pollen, and highlights of white gooseberry. Crushed granite and petrol faintly sit within the clean finish.
125 cases produced