Distributor Notes: "Ambitious Viticultural Souls is a pretty accurate way to describe the duo of Morgan Twain-Peterson and Chris Cottrell! Two gentleman who are always looking for ways to feed their vinous passions and push the boundaries of what came be done and produced in California. To that end, they created Under The Wire. A project that grew from a mutual friendship and love for wine with bubbles. The simple yet unique premise is to make California sparkling wines based on a single vineyard from a single vintage.
Inspired in part by the grower Champagne movement they aim to prove that California can produce unique, delicious and terroir-driven sparkling wines. Morgan and Chris have signed on several great vineyard sources that create the vins clair that will ultimately become Under The Wire sparkling wines – Bedrock, Brousseau, Hirsch and Alder Springs. All the wines are made in the classic Champagne method with low dosage additions and extended time en tirage. Under The Wire is without question one of California’s most exciting projects!
Chuy vineyard was planted in the early 1970's to old Wente clone of Chardonnay at 1.200 feet in elevation, growing in soils of hardscrabble rock, volcanic, and grey shale."
Critic Tasting Notes: "The 2017 Sparkling Chardonnay Chuy is one of the most distinctive wines I have tasted from Under the Wire. It emerges from the Chuy Vineyard (now Midslope) originally planted with Chardonnay on St. George rootstock by famed vineyard manager Chuy Ordaz. The site has since been acquired by Kistler and been totally redeveloped, so this wine is an ode to the past. And what a swan song it is. Rich, deep and bold, with tons of pure Chardonnay intensity, the Chuy dazzles from start to finish, especially in the way it straddles the line between still and sparkling wine. I would love to own this. No dosage." - 95 pts, Vinous