Name: Under The Wire Alder Springs Sparkling Chardonnay
Country: United States
Producer: Under the Wire
"In terms of sheer wildness few vineyards in the world compare to Alder Springs. Closer to Humboldt County than any vineyard in Mendocino, Stuart Bewley, following his own divining rod decided to plant in a wilderness no one had ever thought could grow grapes. Despite the constant issues of wild pigs, bears pushing over rows, and discovering that irrigation has been utilized by another cash-crop, Alder Springs has become one of the greatest vineyards in California. Spreading over 140 acres, with 85 separate blocks and a dizzying array of rootstock and variety/clone combinations the vineyard is a true reflection of the maniacal drive the owner. What we love about Stuart is that he is not someone who claims to have the answers, far from it. He embraces the process of learning and improving everything about his vineyard, whether it be the vines themselves or his impact on the surrounding ecosystem. All the while, he continuously/tirelessly works to produce something unique and delicious.
Currently, we work with Alder Springs’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from which we fashion a white and a rose’. In typical Stu fashion he jumped at our idea of growing some Pinot Meunier for us, so we will welcome a third variety from the phenomenal vineyard in a few years."