2009 Wind Gap Chardonnay Gap's Crown Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.7%
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"The 2009 Chardonnay Gap’s Crown Vineyard is beautifully layered from start to finish. Lemon, mint, flowers and pastry are beautifully woven together in this delicate, understated Chardonnay. The wine was fermented in equal parts concrete, neutral oak and stainless steel and aged for 18 months in neutral oak. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.

I was deeply impressed with many of the wines I tasted from Wind Gap and proprietors Pax and Pamela Mahle. The estate favors cooler, marginal sites. The wines are made with a very natural approach, which is to say the grapes are crushed by foot, aging is largely done in neutral oak and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Best of all, many of these wines sell for very reasonable prices. Readers should note that Mahle’s Agharta line-up is reviewed separately. Pax Mahle told me he plans to re-launch his Pax label in the near future." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Planted on a western-facing, gorgeously steep and rocky flank of Sonoma Mountain, this vineyard is destined for greatness. Our first vineyard designated Chardonnay from this extreme location took a full 18 months in barrel to soften enough for us to bottle. This is one very nervy, high-acid Chardonnay. If these words make your heart race and your mouth water, please read on!

Tasting Note:
This wine smells like Chardonnay, with highlights of wet marble, lemon curd, and other citrus infused aromas. Intensely focused with brilliant acidity on the attack, that leads into a very richly textured mid-palate that explodes with complex star fruit and pears. The persistency and depth of this wine is impressive and is very apparent in the long gravelly finish that lingers until your mouth waters for another sip.

Fermented 1/3 in Concrete Fermented 1/3 in Stainless Steel Fermented 1/3 in neutral oak 18 months elevage in neutral French oak barrels 100% Chardonnay 100% Gap’s Crown Vineyard 13.7% Alc by Vol 3.3 pH 240 cases bottled