Bottle Notes

2012 Under the Wire Chardonnay Sparkling Brosseau Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Under The Wire is a collaboration between Chris Cottrell and Morgan Twain Peterson and was founded just a few years ago. Inspired in part by the grower Champagne movement the project aims to make California Sparkling wines from a particular vineyard and vintage. Current vineyards include Bedrock, Brosseau, Hirsch and Alder Springs.

Brosseau Vineyard is located in the heart of the Chalone Appelation high above the Salinas Valley. The vineyard was originally planted in 1980.

Light gold in color. 12% ABV. Tiny, persistent bubbles. Aromas of warm bread, ginger and green apples. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with loads of acidity. Flavors of yeast, peach, apples and minerals. Super finish. I really prefer this to the 2011 version tasted earlier this year. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Under The Wire released their third set of wines a few months ago. If you are a fan I’d encourage you to sign up for the mailing list as I suspect the wines will be hard to come by in the upcoming years. The Brosseau Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay was $60 direct from the winery.

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