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.

2016 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. On the nose, creamy vanilla and toasted brioche are complemented by hints of candied ginger. Viscous and fruit-forward, this wine is supported by elements of toasty oak and balanced by a perfect touch of acidity that arises from notes of lemon meringue and marzipan.” – Consulting Winemaker, Matt Courtney

Winemaking

Vineyard: Gap's Crown
Vintage: 2016
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard Category: Single Vineyard
Body: medium
Production Volume: 145 cases
Harvest Date: September 116-28, 2016
Sugar: 24.1 Brix
Acid: 0.56 gms/100ml
PH: 3.65
Aging: Aged sur lie 12 months in French Oak, 30% New, followed by 6 months in stainless steel
Bottling Date: March 2018
Alcohol %: 14.7

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