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2018 Chateau St. Jean Gaps Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2018 Chateau St. Jean Gaps Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2018 Chateau St. Jean Gaps Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

$55.00
Price
$55.00
$660.00
Price
$660.00

Description

Description

The stunningly beautiful Gap’s Crown vineyard is located on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap and ranges in elevation from 300’ to 840’. The vineyard is heavily inf luenced by cool ocean breezes and a natural fog pocket that stalls over the area allowing the fruit to ripen slowly, resulting in perfect balance between sugar development and phenolic ripeness.

Awards & Accolades

  • 94+

    Wine Advocate

    ”Aged for 14.5 months in French oak barrels, 45% new, the 2018 Chardonnay Gap's Crown Vineyard needs a little swirling and coaxing to bring out fragrant scents of orange blossom, butterscotch and marzipan over a core of ripe peaches, honeydew melon and guava plus a waft of allspice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has an opulent, satiny texture and tons of spicy nuances accenting the ripe stone fruit flavors, finishing long and pleasantly savory. 281 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

The golden hue of this Gap’s Crown Chardonnay hints at the richness of the wine, opening with intriguing aromas of citrus, Meyer lemons and honeydew laced with marzipan, vanilla and hint of flinty minerality. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and focused, the acid backbone intensifying a mille-feuille of flavors of grilled pineapples and lemons, citrus curd and baked pears that linger on for a mouthwatering finish.

Vintage Note

A near perfect season, welcomed after several tense vintages, began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather that allowed for even flowering and bud break. The slightly later start was followed by consistently ideal weather, with harvest later in September, resulting in fruit with great flavor and complexity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Vineyard

The stunningly beautiful Gap’s Crown vineyard is located on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap and ranges in elevation from 300’ to 840’. The vineyard is heavily influenced by cool ocean breezes and a natural fog pocket that stalls over the area allowing the fruit to ripen slowly over the course of the growing season. This results in perfect balance between sugar development and phenolic ripeness. The vineyard has become prized for exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Margo Van Staaveren - Winemaker

Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.

Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Alcohol % 14.5%
Enclosure Type Cork
Blend 100% Chardonnay