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2016 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay  - Lutum Wines

2016 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

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Soil Type: Raynor Clay
Slope: 15-30%

Tasting Notes

Gentle toasted oak and ginger lend a spicy accent to the delicate fruit aromas of lemon and white nectarine. A rich mouthfeel, heavy with flavors of white strawberries and underripe peach, is delicately balanced with bright citrus, lending a beautiful acidity that makes this wine an excellent candidate for aging. It will take some restraint to put this one in the cellar, however, as the complex flavors last forever on the finish and beg for another sip, and bottle.

Notes from Winemaker

While young, Gap???s Crown has built an impressive reputation for itself in a short period of time.  This vineyard is a Region 1 cool-climate zone, offering the grapes extended hang time, while maintaining nice acidity.  The soil is is rocky with bits of heavy clay.

The fruit was picked early in the morning and was then pressed and put into French oak barrels (25% new) to ferment. After 16 months, the wine was racked and lightly fined and put back in barrel before being bottled in January of 2018.

100% Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast/Sonoma County
Harvest Dates: September 2nd
Brix at harvest: 23.0
pH at harvest: 3.41
Finished alcohol: 13.5

Critics Scores

94 Points- Roberts Parker's, Wine Advocate 
94 Points-Vinous, Antonio Galloni
94+ Points-Jeb Dunnuck