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.
Farmed using organic methods
Foot stomped and left to soak in the press for three hours. The grapes were gently pressedand fermented in old French oak barrels Malolactic was blocked and it was put down for secondary fermentation in March 2014. Disgorged in January of 2016 with 3 gram of dosage
Aged for 7 months for primary and another 22 months en tirage.
Green apple and stone fruit with a hint of almost Chablisienne saltwater, is a reminder of the vineyard’s proximity to the Pacific. Alder’s acid backbone shimmers. This wine should age well and will benefit from opening and decanting.
From a site in Anderson Valley, the 2014 Pinot Noir (Sparkling) Wentzel Vineyard is a powerful, vinous sparkling wine built on texture and resonance. A brief period of skin contact brings out the wine's depth while adding both structure and aromatic nuance. This is an especially virile sparkling wine, and yet all the elements come together very nicely.
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