2009 Olson Ogden Syrah Alder Springs
"A full bodied wine with great structure, depth and concentration. Dark as night and opaque in the glass, it shows generous notes of blackberry and wild berry fruit laced with spice, white pepper, nutmeg, violets and a hint of mocha. The velvety tannins are delightful and the finish seems to go on forever. It could use some cellar time, 5 to 10 years, but don't be afraid to try this immense wine early on its life with a vigorous splash decanting." - Tim Olson, Winemaker
Alder Springs Vineyard:
"Alder Springs is located just outside of Laytonville in Mendocino County, an hour north of Ukiah. The vineyard is 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean and sits on an east facing mountain slope between 1700' and 2700'. The vineyard is farmed meticulously and yields are very low, ranging from 1.5 to 2 tons per acre. The resulting berries are small with a high skin to juice ratio which produces concentrated, intense wines."
"Stu Bewley and his team are the most dedicated and passionate farmers we have ever worked with. They are constantly innovating new techniques to fine tune an already great vineyard. Stu continues to experiment with new clones and rootstocks as well as leading edge varieties including Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne." - Winery
"Olson Ogden Wines is a small, artisan wine company located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. We specialize in small production, handcrafted wines. Our focus is on Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals, with an emphasis on vineyard designated Syrah's. We seek out passionate growers with special vineyards."
"Our primary goal is to produce balanced complex and tasty wines that express the terroir and vintage from which they come. Olson Ogden wines are made with food in mind as we feel that wine is an integral part of a good meal. Our winemaking style is rooted in traditional methods but is balanced by trial and error and creative innovation. Our wines are usually bottled unfined and unfiltered and will likely contain a natural sediment during their evolution. This results in an authentic and honest wine that is rich and complex and a pleasure to drink." - Winery
This was also rated 83 Points by the Wine Spectator.