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
Made exclusively from estate grapes and blended for likability. Our ultimate goal in the Row Five Collection is to offer you the perfect wine for every occasion. So we’ve given each wine its own character and style.
Even those who normally don’t like Chardonnay may find themselves falling for this one. Meticulously crafted, the Row Five Chardonnay is the entertaining and friendly type. We balance this beloved Chardonnay in order to pair better with food. It’s a harmonious integration of fruit flavors, acidity, butter, and oak, yet not too much of any one component. Nothing is out of place. You could describe this wine as if it were a good party host: it doesn’t take over the conversation and overwhelm its dinner companions, but rather orchestrates the meal by bringing everything together.
- Byron Kosuge
- Mendocino County, California
- Estate grown & bottled
About the Winery
Alder Springs Vineyard has a location unique in all of California winemaking – chosen by Stuart Bewely after a careful study of more than 40 sites.
The vineyard is located in far northern Mendocino County on the 6,000-acre Alder Springs Ranch. Just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the site is an ecological gem as well as the ideal place to grow grapes.
The hilly landscape climbs to 4,000 feet and offers nearly perfect growing conditions: bright sun, cool nights, phenomenal low-vigor soils. Since 1993 we’ve planted about 140 acres of grapes at elevations ranging from 1,700 to 2,700 feet.
Our obsessive, hands-on attention to each vine, yields small, complex, and intense flavorful berries. Alder Springs’ Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Rhone varieties have won a devoted following among top boutique wineries, including Patz & Hall, Behrens & Hitchcock, Arnot-Roberts, and Copain.