Under The Wire Alder Springs Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay, Mendocino, USA 2013

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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.

92 Pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate