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Alder Springs Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay

9.224 ratings
9.215 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Patrick Derdeyn

Alder Springs is a truly unique vineyard and this is a killer sparkling wine. It really needs a few years in the bottle, but I already drank all the bottles I ordered. Whoops.

Alder Springs is a truly unique vineyard and this is a killer sparkling wine. It really needs a few years in the bottle, but I already drank all the bottles I ordered. Whoops.

1 person found it helpfulApr 17th, 2016
Henrik Poulsen

Disgorged 5/2015.
Better than I recall my last bottle this is drinking really nice now.
Kudos to Morgan/Chris!!

Disgorged 5/2015.
Better than I recall my last bottle this is drinking really nice now.
Kudos to Morgan/Chris!!

Nov 24th, 2016
Lulu McAllister

Go California! These bubbles are working with the quirky Swedish food I'm throwing at it.

Go California! These bubbles are working with the quirky Swedish food I'm throwing at it.

Jul 25th, 2016
Martin Redmond

Very pale yellow color with plenty of active tiny bubbles. I got pie crust, green apple, lemon, chalk and a nuanced spice note on the nose. On the palate, the mousse is creamy with green apple, lemon, ginger, and a bit of apricot with a chalky minerality. Wonderful bubbly. Wish I'd left open in the fridge for a couple of hours has suggested. Will do next time!

The wine was fermented in old French old barrels with native yeasts. After 7 months of aging, the wine was put into bottle for secondary fermentation and disgorged in June 2015 with 2 grams of dosage.

Very pale yellow color with plenty of active tiny bubbles. I got pie crust, green apple, lemon, chalk and a nuanced spice note on the nose. On the palate, the mousse is creamy with green apple, lemon, ginger, and a bit of apricot with a chalky minerality. Wonderful bubbly. Wish I'd left open in the fridge for a couple of hours has suggested. Will do next time!

The wine was fermented in old French old barrels with native yeasts. After 7 months of aging, the wine was put into bottle for secondary fermentation and disgorged in June 2015 with 2 grams of dosage.

Jun 12th, 2016
Patrick Derdeyn

Gets better with air. This shows sharp acidity with apple, pear, and jasmine blossoms. Have loved each bottle of this more than the last, one of the best sparklers coming out of CA. Sign up for the waitlist now!

Gets better with air. This shows sharp acidity with apple, pear, and jasmine blossoms. Have loved each bottle of this more than the last, one of the best sparklers coming out of CA. Sign up for the waitlist now!

Mar 19th, 2016
John B. Paterson

Wine Director Frankies Spuntino & Prime Meats

9.3

☝🏼️

☝🏼️

Jan 27th, 2016
Nicole Hakli

Sommelier The NoMad Restaurant

10

Impressive high elevation traditional method sparkling from Mendocino.

Impressive high elevation traditional method sparkling from Mendocino.

Jan 25th, 2016
Patrick Derdeyn

These guys are doing great things in California sparkling wine. Sign up for their list and give these a few years in the cellar.

These guys are doing great things in California sparkling wine. Sign up for their list and give these a few years in the cellar.

Dec 12th, 2015
Bethany D'Meza

This is delicious different in comparison to other cali sparklers I've had... true work of art by Chris cotrell...

This is delicious different in comparison to other cali sparklers I've had... true work of art by Chris cotrell...

Aug 8th, 2015
Bobby Gilbane

Damnation these bubbles are the devils handiwork. They've come alive!!!

Damnation these bubbles are the devils handiwork. They've come alive!!!

Feb 15th, 2017