2013 Under The Wire "Alder Springs Vineyard" Mendocino County Chardonnay Sparkling Wine

SKU #1271544 92 points 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)  (10/2016)


 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)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

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.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.