Rudius

Alder Springs - Emerald Pool Syrah

9.112 ratings
8.94 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Isaac Pirolo

Lights out. Knock out. Thought this might be past its prime, but the first whiff raised an eyebrow and the first sip made me howl like Ric Flair. Stunning and right at its apogee. The best Northern California Syrah I’ve ever tasted. Decadent blackberry and boysenberry, with an array of meat from coppa to bacon, and seasoned to the hilt with pepper. Clove, leather, and lavender, with savory minerality that is killer.

Lights out. Knock out. Thought this might be past its prime, but the first whiff raised an eyebrow and the first sip made me howl like Ric Flair. Stunning and right at its apogee. The best Northern California Syrah I’ve ever tasted. Decadent blackberry and boysenberry, with an array of meat from coppa to bacon, and seasoned to the hilt with pepper. Clove, leather, and lavender, with savory minerality that is killer.

Apr 7th, 2018
Ron R
8.5

C'est pas bon.

C'est pas bon.

1 person found it helpfulMar 25th, 2017
Martin Sher

Perfect place imo - varietally perfect funk and other dark goodness .

Perfect place imo - varietally perfect funk and other dark goodness .

Mar 26th, 2019
Willie Carter

Ruby red with a wide brim and cherry accents. The fruit on the nose has receded a bit mostly showcasing the more savory aspects. Bacon fat, dried herbs, and dark chocolate dominate along with blackberry. This is drinking just about perfectly right now with excellent balance and the tannins still showing some firmness. On the palate, those savory notes come back into play but with more pronounced fruit. The blue and blackberries, raspberries, and spices are prevalent here. This really is reminiscent of Northern Rhône Syrah and that’s never a bad thing.

Ruby red with a wide brim and cherry accents. The fruit on the nose has receded a bit mostly showcasing the more savory aspects. Bacon fat, dried herbs, and dark chocolate dominate along with blackberry. This is drinking just about perfectly right now with excellent balance and the tannins still showing some firmness. On the palate, those savory notes come back into play but with more pronounced fruit. The blue and blackberries, raspberries, and spices are prevalent here. This really is reminiscent of Northern Rhône Syrah and that’s never a bad thing.

Jul 21st, 2018
Steve Anderson

Tried to hold off as long as I could on my last bottle, but hit the wall after two years. So much going on. Classic Syrah profile with blueberry, dark fruits, olive tapenade and meat. Excellent.

Tried to hold off as long as I could on my last bottle, but hit the wall after two years. So much going on. Classic Syrah profile with blueberry, dark fruits, olive tapenade and meat. Excellent.

Jul 17th, 2014
Jason Heller

Master Sommelier

8.9

Jason had this 11 years ago

Jason had this 11 years ago

Jan 2nd, 2014
Steve Wells

Steve had this 11 years ago

Steve had this 11 years ago

Dec 21st, 2013
Macario Montoya

Macario had this 11 years ago

Macario had this 11 years ago

Jun 3rd, 2013
Julie Kang

Julie had this 9 years ago

Julie had this 9 years ago

Jul 19th, 2015
Jin Kang

Jin had this 9 years ago

Jin had this 9 years ago

Mar 12th, 2015