Brilliant yellow in color, this wine is full of juicy pineapple, candied ginger and fresh basil on the nose. The tropical fruit and notes of poached pear continue on the palate, creating an unctuous texture and ripeness to this Chardonnay. This is a wine to enjoy with or without food thanks to its fresh fruit character and lusciousness.
This vineyard is a Region 1 cool-climate zone, offering the grapes extended hang time, while maintaining nice acidity. The fruit was picked early in the morning and was then pressed and put into French oak barrels (40% new) to ferment. After 12 months, the wine was racked and lightly fined and put back in barrel before being bottled unfiltered in December.
Sonoma Coast/ Sonoma County
Soil Type: Raynor Clay
Harvest dates: September 2nd and 3rd, 2014
Finished alcohol: 14.42
Vinous – The 2014 Chardonnay Gap’s Crown Vineyard is all class. Silky, layered and wonderfully nuanced, the Gap’s Crown oozes personality. Candied lemon peel, jasmine, sage and white pepper are some of the many signatures that develop in the glass. The 2014 is understand and soft-spoken, but there is no shortage of nuance. This is a stunning Chardonnay from Gavin Chanin. (96Pts)
Wine Advocate – Another rocking wine is the 2014 Chardonnay Gap’s Crown Vineyard, which spent 12 months in 40% new oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, textured and layered, it has terrific notes of crushed rock, white peach, white flowers and a kiss of that cream corn characteristics that I almost only find in wines from the north coast. It too will shine for decade. A partnership between Bill Price (who owns a number of vineyards including Durell Vineyard, Trip Vineyard, DuPont Vineyard, One Sky Vineyard, Walala Vineyard and Gap’s Crown Vineyard) and Gavin Chanin, Lutum focuses on single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from a number of top sites in California. Chanin is a terrific winemaker (don’t miss his wines releases under his own label, which are reviewed in this report) and these elegant, impressive wines lean towards the fresher, leaner end of the spectrum, without conceding too much in terms of texture and richness. These are highly recommended. (94 Pts)
Wine Enthusiast – *Editors’ Choice* Crisp green apple is the star in this well-made, balanced and elegant wine, that’s tangy yet smooth, with a voluptuous tease of anise. Approachably structured, the complexity of the texture and lurking layers of further flavor suggest letting this wine open slowly to unveil its true self, and allowing it to linger on the palate. (93 Pts)