RESILIENCE IN THE VINEYARD
Every vintage and harvest presents a unique set of obstacles, and we approach every year ready to face the challenge. Vintage 2019 began with occasional rains and cooler temperatures, which brought soil saturation and allowed fruit to mature steadily. Summer helped the grapes to ripen, and the warm days and cool nights of the Fall fostered gradual sugar accumulation and longer hang times. Harvest began slightly later than normal in some areas, with fruit picked at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in the bottle.
FROM THE CELLAR
“Gap’s Crown has gained renown for Pinot Noir, but this is also a special site where Chardonnay shines. As the most easterly vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, fog and wind arrive each morning, making this one of the coolest areas along the Sonoma Coast. Notes of vibrant lemon peel, honeysuckle, Mandarin orange blossom, and vanilla bean present on the nose with full, rounded flavors of Golden Delicious apple, lemon meringue and toasted brioche. The silky texture is supported by a backbone of acidity that leads to an elegant mineral finish.”
–Stephanie Pope, Winemaker
CURATED CULINARY PAIRING
“For a simple wine and cheese board pairing, try this Chardonnay alongside fresh cheeses, like mozzarella , burrata or goat cheese with honey. This wine also brings a depth and weight to the table that stands beautifully alongside a mild white fish, like halibut or sole, and when paired with a lemon risotto, it truly sings.”
– Chad Hendrickson, Executive Chef