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.

2017 Vintage

Tasting Notes

“Gap’s Crown has gained renown 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 mostly above the fog line, so when the warming afternoon sun arrives, it brings plenty of sunshine to kiss the vines. Notes of lemon meringue, orange peel and vanilla fill the aromas on this wine with the first swirl. Big and concentrated upon entry, this Chardonnay is filled with toasted brioche, poached pears and hints of toasted almonds supported by a backbone of acidity that keeps the wine bright and refreshing as it finishes.” – Consulting Winemaker, Matt Courtney

Winemaking

Vineyard: Gap's Crown
Vintage: 2017
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard Category: Single Vineyard
Body: medium
Production Volume: 300 cases
Harvest Date: September 16 and 28,2017
Sugar: 24.5 Brix
Acid: 0.55 gms/100ml
PH: 3.64
Aging: Aged 11 months in 100% French Oak, 30% New, followed by 6 months in stainless steel
Bottling Date: January 2019
Alcohol %: 14.5

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