Alder Springs Vineyard
2011 Row Five Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Estate Vineyards
California: Mendocino County
We love this delicious wine.
You probably know Alder Springs Vineyard… from other wineries’ labels. The fabled grower of what is arguably the most coveted Mendocino fruit, Alder has historically sold its fruit to the likes of Copain, Patz & Hall, Sojourn, Behrens Family Winery, Arnot-Roberts, and many others.
Today’s Alder Springs Vineyard 2011 Row Five Chardonnay is light and fresh with plenty of tree-ripened fruit. The wine is soft and smooth on the palate and it finishes with great acidity and a just a touch of minerality.
Enjoy this very highly recommended wine all by itself or with a wide array of pairing choices. This is a very seafood-friendly wine, but we’d also recommend roast chicken, a plate of hard and ripe cheeses, or mixed fruits.
Pale, golden yellow hued throughout, with just a subtle viscosity.
Very refined and fruity on the nose, with notes of ripe pear, pineapple, mango, lime zest, lemongrass, vanilla bean, and a touch of spice.
Bright and easily drinkable, with the fresh tropical fruit hinted at in the nose joined by Meyer lemon, slight vanilla bean, ginger spice, and river rock minerality.
Light and very refreshing, with a slight firmness at the very end of the palate. The silky finish is highlighted by fresh pear and a slight minerality.
This is a fantastic wine to pair with seafood, with either sushi or a spiced crab salad being excellent choices.
What the Winery Says
- Byron Kosuge
- Mendocino County, California
- Estate grown & bottled