We are excited to release our first vintage of Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay. Our estate gained its fame from world renowned Pinot Noir and continues to impress with a new expression of lush, bright California Chardonnay. Since Bob joined us as Director of Winemaking, we’ve been looking to add another distinctive Chardonnay to our Three Sticks’ portfolio and this was an obvious choice. Different from our Durell and One Sky Vineyards, it is 100% Dijon clones which are perfectly suited to match the cool, foggy climate. This wine is framed by minerality and brightness that adds amplitude and length to its rich palate. We couldn’t be more pleased with the newest wine in our Three Sticks line up!
Release August 15th, 2017Price: $55
Gap’s Crown Vineyard is located on the western slope of Sonoma Mountain at an elevation of 300′ to 800′. The well-drained soil is predominately loam and clay loam. Gap’s Crown is situated in an area of Sonoma County known as the Petaluma Gap, a not-yet-confirmed AVA. This area enjoys the cooling effects of both wind and fog plus a spectacularly sweeping western exposure. Gap’s Crown has become one of the most iconic vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, consistently producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnays of distinction.
We have two Dijon clones of Chardonnay – 76 and 124. These clones are earlier ripening and are known for their ability to produce rich yet mineral-driven wines and can thrive in the cooler climate out at Gap’s Crown. The vineyard is situated on an area of Sonoma County known as the Petaluma Gap.
The 2015 vintage proceeded with dry weather, extending our drought for its fourth year. High temperatures started the year, causing early flowering mirroring the previous growing season. In spring the climate changed dramatically, heavy winds and cool spells hit. The effects of this caused fruit set to be extremely variable and by July we were ready for harvest. We picked earlier than ever and brought in grapes by August. Overall, the effect of early budbreak and weather was our yields were down 25%. While this isn’t great for the amount of wine we can produce, what was left turned out to be fantastic. Small, concentrated berries allowed us to create richly flavored and textured wines. Like many things in life, the 2015 vintage demonstrated the beauty of the adage “less is more”.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: 76, 124
Soil: Brown Clay Loam
Fermentation: 100% French Oak
Malolactic Fermentation: 100%
Barrel Aging: 15 months
Barrel Composition: 100% French Oak, 40% New
Total Acidity (TA): 6.1 g/L
Alcohol Content: 14.4%
Production: 145 cases
Release Date: August 15, 2017