Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
APPELLATION: SONOMA COAST
VARIETALS SOURCED: Chardonnay
Gap’s Crown Vineyard is owned by wine mogul (and all-around good guy) Bill Price. Situated on the southern end of Sonoma Mountain on the west side, the 138-acre hillside vineyard has extremely stony soils and low yields. Known as “The Petaluma Gap,” this area is a fog and breeze pocket that is unique in the Sonoma Coast. Cool temperatures, low pH values and high natural acidity produce wines of truly stunning vibrancy. As a Cabernet Sauvignon house, we found ourselves in need of a pairing for our local Tomales Bay Oysters. Most American Chardonnays simply don’t contain the acid structure to pair well. With Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Stephen is able to make a lean, racy, mineral laden, cellar worthy wine that will reward pairings formerly given up to white Burgundy. The vineyard is a special site, and we only produce a little.
WINES FROM THIS PROPERTY
Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay