The 2013 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 Stuart 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. Stuart Bewley’s dedication and hard work in the vineyard allows this vintage to really shine. A lively nose of white lily, honeysuckle, and crushed granite leaps from the glass. Super silky on the palate; pear, orange blossom, quince and almond coat the palate with wonderful tannin structure and acidity. Lanolin and crushed granite linger on the lengthy finish. 170 cases produced.