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2017 Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

We're proud that Gap's Crown has become one of the most iconic vineyards of Sonoma, producing some of the highest quality Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in the region. Our aging regimen for this wine gives a delicate backbone, and the French Oak barrels create a balanced structure that continue through to a lingering finish. The 2017 vintage resembles Kouign-Amann - a delicate French pastry known for its buttery and flaky texture with a beautifully caramelized sugar crust. With bursts of lemon zest and a creamy body with bright, defining acidity, everything about this fun Chardonnay reminds us of the heavenly French treat. 

Club Release: February 1, 2019
List Release: February 20, 2019

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2017 was a vintage we will remember for a long time. After years of drought, we enjoyed a winter with record rainfall. Mother Nature was active, filling up dams and saturating soils while cleaning out salts that built up over time. Temperatures were cool, contributing to ideal fruit set and the season was on track for typical growth until heat waves arrived at the end of August into September. We picked some Pinot Noir prior to the heat spikes and gave the remaining vines water to let them develop further. While compressed into smaller picking windows, the grapes were perfectly developed and fermentation was steady. Thankfully, all our grapes were picked and wine was in barrel by the time the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa devastated nearby areas. Our vineyards were threatened but ultimately saved with the brave work of first responders. We are forever grateful for those who put themselves in harm's way to help save our livelihoods and for our good fortune during this atypical vintage.
Sonoma Coast
Brown clay loam
Total Acidity
7.3 g/L
11 months in 100% French Oak, 25% New
25 days in French Oak
Alcohol %
250 Cases