Vagon Blanc Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast

Gaps Crown Chardonnay 2014High Marks

“We set the target high for this one, setting out to emulate a white Burgundy like expression of Chardonnay, drawing on four favorite hand-selected barrels from two memorable vineyards. Give the man a cigar, they said, and we took them up on the idea, using larger cigar shaped barrels from Ermitage to achieve a lighter oak influence with a kiss of acidity. This Petaluma Gap/ Russian River mashup hits the mark, with a decided old world outlook balanced with a little new world sass.”

Gaps Crown Chardonnay 2014

2014 Vintage

Tasting Notes

For those lucky enough to try our first vintage in 2013, the response was universal: this is what California’s version of Grand Cru chardonnay should taste like. A trio of barrels from the famed Gap’s Crown vineyard in the Petaluma Hill region was married with a trio of barrels from the Russian River, sourced from Pratt Vine Hill. Larger cigar-shaped barrels lightened the influence of oak while providing more lees contact, with a creaminess that comes from weekly stirring until secondary fermentation began. There’s a toasty nuttiness with hints of sea salt caramel, married with mellow (not sweet) pineapple and lemon meringue. An extended journey in barrel allowed for added complexity. Old World, New World, Any World, this is a chardonnay to savor.

Winemaking

Vintage: 2014
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard Category: Blend of Vineyards
Body: medium
Profile Notes: nuttiness, butterscotch, tropical fruits, citrus
Production Volume: 118 cases
Harvest Date: September 1, 3 & 13, 2014
Sugar: 23.7 Brix
Acid: 0.53 gms/100ml
PH: 3.66
Aging: Aged sur lie 17 months in French oak, 15% new
Bottling Date: December 9, 2015
Alcohol %: 14.5

Winemaking

Vintage: 2013
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard Category: Blend of Vineyards
Body: medium
Profile Notes: tropical, citrus, pear, butterscotch
Production Volume: 102 cases
Harvest Date: August 31 & September 11, 2013
Sugar: 23.3 to 23.9 Brix
Acid: 0.57 gms/100mll
PH: 3.52
Aging: 17 months sur lie in French oak, 30% new
Fermentation: Barrel fermented with a blend of native, QA23 & CY3079 yeasts
Bottling Date: February 23, 2015
Alcohol %: 14.5

2013 Vintage

Tasting Notes

Choosing two barrels each from two vineyards:

* Gaps Crown Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast
* Vine Hill Vineyard owned/farmed by Jim Pratt in the Russian River Valley

This INAUGURAL VINTAGE is STUNNING.  Be the first on your block to WOW your mom’s group, your poker club, or your most finicky friend.  Holy smokes.  Rich and coating on the palate, with tropical aromas and flavors accented by citrus and Mom’s favorite lemon meringue. This, you’re going to love.  (Not kidding.  EVER)

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