Robert Craig - Gap's Crown Vineyard - Chardonnay
Overview: Gap’s Crown Vineyard is owned by wine mogul (and all-around good guy) Bill Price. Situated on the southern end of Sonoma Mountain on the west side, the 138-acre hillside vineyard has extremely stony soils and low yields. Known as “The Petaluma Gap,” this area is a fog and breeze pocket that is unique in the Sonoma Coast. Cool temperatures, low pH values and high natural acidity produce wines of truly stunning vibrancy. As a Cabernet Sauvignon house, we found ourselves in need of a pairing for our local Tomales Bay Oysters. Most American Chardonnays simply don’t contain the acid structure to pair well. With Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Stephen is able to make a lean, racy, mineral laden, cellar worthy wine that will reward pairings formerly given up to white Burgundy. The vineyard is a special site, and we only produce a little.
Description: A judicious amount of new French oak was involved to round the shoulders a bit, but this Chardonnay maintains its vibrant edge. Orange rind, smooth stream pebbles and the chalky soils of the vineyard all make an appearance in the glass. Showing beautifully now but will easily handle fifteen to twenty years in the cellar.
Pairing: Pair with roast chicken, creamy pasta dishes, and a hard aged cheese such as a gouda.
Points: 92, WW
Format/ABV: 750 ml/14.1%
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