It's Been a Long Winter & We Welcome Spring come Take a scroll through the vineyard with us

After a record breaking rainy season in California, we are grateful that the drought is over and thrilled that spring is finally upon us.

Our ponds are full
And the first signs of spring are all around us

Alder Springs Vineyard produces structured, age-worthy wines that require extra time in the cellar. As they say, the best things in life are worth the wait. So with a little extra patience and care, we are happy to announce the release of our 2013 wines.

Some things get better with time

The 2013 was a spectacular growing season in our remote region of Northern California, producing some of our most thrilling wines to date.

Alder Springs Vineyard is three separate vineyard blocks, each a mile apart, creating distinct niche pockets where different grape varieties flourish.

Let's scroll through the vineyard together so we can show you where these wines come from.

We will start our trek at the bottom of the vineyard around 1,700 feet and finish at the apex, which is 2,700 feet. We hope you brought your walking shoes.

13 Tasks | 2013

A bold and refined blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec were planted at the lowest point of our vineyard. This terraced pocket of gravel and clay soils is key for the Bordeaux grapes varieties. Cool, evening air sinks into this spot and helps the vines ripen slowly. The 13 Tasks is a labor of love since it takes a perfect growing season to fully ripen these Bordeaux varieties.

Terraced, steep, slopes catch sun rays all day.

The 2013 is a dry wine with ripe red and black fruit flavors and a long, polished finish.

This is our favorite 13 Tasks to date. Vibrant, clean and modern. This is a red wine lover's dream wine.

As we scroll up another 500 feet above where 13 Tasks grapes are grown, we move into a different micro-climate.

Kinesis | 2013

As we climb a little higher in elevation, grape varieties like Grenache, Counoise & Mourvèdre thrive. These grapes need hot days, intense sunlight, and good air flow. In the evening, warm air from the valley rises into this area, protecting the vines.

These grape varieties are blended into a medium-bodied red blend and showcase red fruit, dried rose petal and a spicy finish.

The debut, Kinesis 2012 was our best selling red wine and we only have a tiny stash left. We would however, like to extend an allocation of one bottle per person of the 2012 vintage with your purchase.

At 2,000 feet, we are about half way to the top now

“Alder Springs produces one of California’s richest, most layered and concentrated Chardonnays- often compared to a grand cru white Burgundy".

Robert Parker

Signature Chardonnay | 2013

The Emerald Pool vineyard block sits just below the apex of our vineyard. Here at 2,300 feet, this site yields exceptional Chardonnay unlike any other in California.

The 2013 vintage produced a special Chardonnay with a rich texture and layers of flavor. This impeccably balanced white wine has nuances of ripe stone fruit, charred pineapple and baking spice.

Soil and drainage are key elements for the vine
As we reach the peak of our vineyard trek, remember that it is not conquering the mountain, but our perspective during our journey that elevates us.

Apex 39 | 2013

At the apex of the vineyard site and near the apex of the 39th parallel, white grape varieties like Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Picpoul Blanc are grown. Here they are able to be in sunlight all day while heat is moderated. This very specific growing climate gives the wine a vibrant, freshness.

We couldn't be happier with the 2013 Apex white blend. White floral aromatics, juicy stone fruit, elegantly laced with acidity.

After such a long winter, in spring we are rewarded. Thank you for joining us!

To order wine, call Marsella at (541) 961-0710 or call the vineyard at (707) 984-8970 or

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