The wine shows cherry, cedar and graham in the nose. By mouth, one encounters more cherry and cranberry flavors, as well as hints of leather and forest floor to support the fruit. The bright acidity carries the flavors of this soft supple wine. The finish is elegant with hints of cocoa powder on the tongue from aging in 100% French oak barrels for 9 months.
Not only does the estate vineyard receive the afternoon heat that is typical of Dry Creek Valley weather patterns, but the cool night air creeping up the Russian River Valley from the Pacific Ocean produces evening and early morning fog, cooling the vines. Alderbrook's vineyard enjoys the luxury of extended "hang time." This produces more mature fruit resulting in rich, full-bodied flavor characteristics: qualities which are ultimately apparent in the wines.
"The blend of climates is a gift, and our estate vines benefit tremendously from the unique weather conditions," says general manager, George Christie. Our incredible location at the junction of these two appellations gives us the perfect raw materials for wine making."