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2014 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Gap's Crown Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 13, 2014
Sugar
23.9 Brix
Acid
.60 gms/100ml
pH
3.52
Aging
Aged sur lie 17 months in French Oak, 15% New
Fermentation
100% barrel fermented. 100% native fermentation. 100% malolactic fermentation
Bottling Date
December 9, 2015
Alcohol %
14.3

2014 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast

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.

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SKU: 14MPGPCH7A

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: 

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted in the field and at the winery
  • 100% whole cluster pressed straight to barrel
  • 100% barrel fermented / 100% native fermentation
  • 100% malolactic fermentation
  • Batonnage once weekly through primary fermentation
  • Aged sur lie for 17 months in 100% French Oak, 15% New
  • Principal Coopers: Marcel Cadet
  • Bottled 100% unfined and unfiltered on December 9, 2015

Clones: Dijon 76 & 96

Production: 7 barrels produced

 

Wine Profile
Awards
~ 90 Pts "Outstanding" / “Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of fresh-squeezed lemon and honeycomb lead to flavors of citrus, poached yellow apple, vanilla cream and caramel. Slightly creamy in texture, with integrated acidity and finish filled with caramelized apple flavor.” - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile
Vineyard Notes
~ 91 Pts / "Lush and silky with juicy pear and citrus fruit; smooth, bright and tangy; fresh, and long." - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine
Other Notes
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.
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2014 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay
2014 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast

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.

Add To Cart
$45.00
 
SKU: 14MPGPCH7A
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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: 

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted in the field and at the winery
  • 100% whole cluster pressed straight to barrel
  • 100% barrel fermented / 100% native fermentation
  • 100% malolactic fermentation
  • Batonnage once weekly through primary fermentation
  • Aged sur lie for 17 months in 100% French Oak, 15% New
  • Principal Coopers: Marcel Cadet
  • Bottled 100% unfined and unfiltered on December 9, 2015

Clones: Dijon 76 & 96

Production: 7 barrels produced

 

Vintage
2014
Sugar
23.9 Brix
Fermentation
100% barrel fermented. 100% native fermentation. 100% malolactic fermentation
Varietal
Chardonnay
Acid
.60 gms/100ml
Bottling Date
December 9, 2015
Vineyard Designation
Gap's Crown Vineyard
Aging
Aged sur lie 17 months in French Oak, 15% New
Alcohol %
14.3
Harvest Date
September 13, 2014

Awards
~ 90 Pts "Outstanding" / “Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of fresh-squeezed lemon and honeycomb lead to flavors of citrus, poached yellow apple, vanilla cream and caramel. Slightly creamy in texture, with integrated acidity and finish filled with caramelized apple flavor.” - Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile

Vineyard Notes
~ 91 Pts / "Lush and silky with juicy pear and citrus fruit; smooth, bright and tangy; fresh, and long." - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine

Other Notes
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.

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