Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast

Gaps Crown Chardonnay 2014Chardonnay That Reaches For The Stars

Gap’s Crown Vineyard is situated directly east of and overlooks the Sangiacomo Vineyard on Roberts Road near Cotati at an elevation of 300-800 feet above sea level. This is an extremely rocky, well-draining site with northwestern exposure, which consistently produces powerful, concentrated Pinot noir and Chardonnay in a New World-style. Its proximity to the Petaluma Gap, from which its name is derived, effectively moderates temperature during warm spells in the summer and fall and enables the crop to hang into late September and October in most vintages.

Gaps Crown Chardonnay 2014

2014 Vintage

Tasting Notes

Gap’s Crown has gained a certain notoriety for Pinot Noir, but really, this is a special site where Chardonnay reaches for the stars. As the most easterly vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, it’s a bit of a chameleon. Fog and wind arrive each morning, making this one of the coolest areas along the Sonoma Coast. But the vineyard sits above (mostly) the fog line so when the warming afternoon sun arrives, it brings plenty of sunshine to kiss the vines. Bright fruit with great acid structure is key here, in a wine made using techniques well known to sparkling producers. There’s a rich, round mouthfeel with a creaminess accented by lemon meringue, ripe pear and salty caramel. A touch less new French oak and whole clusters gently pressed, with 17 months aging, result in any anything but shy Chardonnay.

Winemaking

Vineyard: Gap's Crown
Vintage: 2014
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard Category: Single Vineyard
Body: medium
Production Volume: 145 cases
Harvest Date: September 13, 2014
Sugar: 23.9 Brix
Acid: 0.60 gms/100ml
PH: 3.52
Aging: Aged sur lie 17 months in French Oak, 15% New
Bottling Date: December 9, 2015
Alcohol %: 14.5

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