93pts Wine Enthusiast
A shy, floral nose subtly emanates from the glass in this lightly built, elegant expression from the spectacular vineyard in the Petaluma Gap. Anise, sea salt and preserved lemon flavors form its foundation; subtle oak and tense acidity provide support.
92pts International Wine Cellar
The 2015 Gap's Crown Chardonnay is a classic display of Somona Coast Chardonnay. It opens to bright aromas of lemon peel, tropical fruits, vanilla blossom, tangerine, and spring flowers, which all take shape beautifully in the glass. The palate offers a viscous texture and is balanced with fresh minerality and vibrant acidity through the finish. Fantastic today and will continue to gain complexity with additional bottle age. (Best 2018-2026)
Brilliant yellow in color, this wine is spicier than the 2014 with flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, saffron and vanilla bean. The fruit is bright and reminiscent of fresh apricot and dried white flower. On the palate, this wine has a great weight that carries throughout. The finish is long and shows even more apricot than the nose.
This vineyard is a Region 1 cool-climate zone, offering the grapes extended hang time, while maintaining nice acidity. The fruit was picked early in the morning and was then pressed and put into French oak barrels (25% new) to ferment. After 15 months, the wine was racked and lightly fined and put back in barrel before being