2013 Under The Wire "Alder Springs Vineyard" Mendocino County Chardonnay Sparkling Wine
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Sparkling Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard was fermented with indigenous yeast, with malolactic blocked, and was disgorged with only one gram of dosage, so this is quite dry. Loads of creamy brioche, Red Delicious apple skin, Triscuit and some subtle, smoky orange and nectarine notes are all present in this medium-bodied sparkler with small, uniform bubbles and a zesty effervescence. There’s also an underlying minerality to it. This is impressive. Drink it over the next several years. These sparkling wines, which are absolutely delicious, are the brainchild of Morgan Twain-Peterson. You would think he has enough to do with his huge portfolio of Bedrock wines, but never a dull moment for this young visionary. (RP)
The 2013 Alder Springs is powerful, dense and expansive. Apricot, chamomile, honey and dried herbs fill out the wine's frame nicely. This is an especially ample, broad style for a Chardonnay-based sparkling wine, but it works. (AG)
Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co. and Chris Cottrell have created a new concept in California winemaking - a winery devoted exclusively to making single-vineyard, single-vintage sparkling wines. This is relatively new even for Champagne winemakers, who have long been devoted to the art of the blend, let alone Californians, for whom domestic sparkling wine has remained a small niche part of the market. With sparkling Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and even Carignane, these two trailblazers are shifting the conversation about California wine...with absolutely delicious results.