Three Sticks Gap's Crown Chardonnay 2018 - 750ml
95 Points Connoisseurs' Guide
By any and all measures, this is an exciting Chardonnay that is as vibrant as it is wonderfully deep in precise, optimally ripened, varietal fruit, and, despite the fact that it is yet marked by a bit of youthful restraint, its certain promise of developing complexity is indelible. It is a wine of great volume, and it is hard to imagine that it could be any better balanced than it is. While there are many tasty Chardonnays that are sure to age well, there are also a definitively collectable few such as this that, in no uncertain terms, beg for time in the cellar. This one’s future is so very bright that we cannot urge for upwards of a half-decade of patience strongly enough. It is that good.
"2017 was a vintage we will remember for a long time. After years of drought, we enjoyed a winter with record rainfall. Mother Nature was active, filling up dams and saturating soils while cleaning out salts that built up over time. Temperatures were cool, contributing to ideal fruit set and the season was on track for typical growth until heat waves arrived at the end of August into September. We picked some Pinot Noir prior to the heat spikes and gave the remaining vines water to let them develop further. While compressed into smaller picking windows, the grapes were perfectly developed and fermentation was steady. Thankfully, all our grapes were picked and wine was in barrel by the time the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa devastated nearby areas. Our vineyards were threatened but ultimately saved with the brave work of first responders. We are forever grateful for those who put themselves in harm's way to help save our livelihoods and for our good fortune during this atypical vintage."
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