2016 Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Gap's Crown Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
Gap by Gap
Our Most Popular Marathon of Yesteryear is Back for a Day!
Celebrity winemaker Pax Mahle’s discontinued Wind Gap project is back for JUST ANOTHER DAY with treasures exclusively available at The Wine Spies. When we tasted these, one common denominator stood out, they are simply singular. It’s our manifesto to uncover unmatched quality at unheard of prices… Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Make sure you are tuned in all day as there will be a new Wind Gap popping up frequently and they will sell out.
Next up, Gap’s Crown by Wind Gap! Wines from Gap’s Crown, one of the most sought-after vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, can easily cost over $150 – mind the gap, huh! – by say Kosta Browne, who happen to be one of Wind Gap’s neighbors, so THIS with big raves by Galloni, at $17 with chipping included on 4 bottles is a joke, right? Hell no. In all seriousness this is pure Chardonnay bliss for almost nothing. Almost. Won’t last, guaranteed.
Stephen Tanzer of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous claims; “To say that Pax Mahle and his team are wine freaks would be an understatement. Mahle’s experience with great wines would make the most jaded collector drool and his years as a sommelier in top restaurants and as a retail buyer help to bring ‘good perspective,’ as he says, to his own wines. Mahle approaches his wines with no preconceptions and attempts to stand as far out of their way as possible but is not averse to using new oak when he believes it’s appropriate. Some wines get up to 70% new wood while others get none at all. He often vinifies whole clusters ‘for the aromatic expression they bring,’ and bottles without fining or filtration.”
Here’s what the wine press has to say on this wine:
93 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous - “The 2016 Chardonnay Gap’s Crown is a very pretty wine. Yellow orchard fruit, lemon confit, chamomile and a slight veil of reduction give the 2016 much of its personality. Medium in body and gracious, the 2016 offers tons of character and class in a distinctly mineral/phenolic style that is hugely appealing. Drink now-2025.”
Here’s what the wine press has to say on Wind Gap:
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Antonio Galloni - “Readers who have not yet discovered Wind Gap owe it to themselves to do so. These are some of the most gorgeous, nuanced wines being made in California today. The Wind Gap wines achieve that elusive balance of depth without excess heaviness. I was deeply impressed with the range I tasted and can’t recommend these wines highly enough.”
Vinous – Antonio Galloni - “This lineup from Wind Gap and Pax Mahle is full of highlights. The 2014 Pinots in particular are striking. Readers will find a number of new wines in the lineup, including the Mi-Pente, a barrel selection Pinot, and Soif, an affordable red blend made to be enjoyed young. As always, the Wind Gap style emphasizes freshness and energy… more often than not, Mahle gets it right. When he does, the results are compelling.” Happy Cyber Monday Operatives!
“Wind Gap Wines are honest, authentic and compelling wines from special places.” – Sonoma Magazine
Brilliant pale gold with shimmering deeper streaks.
Yellow orchard fruit, lemon confit, chamomile.
Medium in body and gracious, offers tons of character and class.
A distinctly mineral / phenolic style that is hugely appealing.
What the Winery Says
- Pax Mahle
- 100% Chardonnay
- Sonoma Coast
- Gap’s Crown Vineyard
- 9 months
- Neutral French oak
- 2 barrels