2017 Black Kite Chardonnay Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
The 2017 growing season was preceded by healthy winter rains, invigorating the vines, while record heat in late summer accelerated ripening, forcing many to harvest early. Fortunately, our coastal sites benefited from the cool afternoon breezes that moderated temperatures, allowing our grapes to ripen at a gradual pace in the cooler weather that followed. We still harvested earlier than usual, in early to mid-September. Yields were almost normal, but berry size was small with higher skin-to-juice ratio, resulting in good phenolics and pronounced flavors in our wines
WINEMAKING AND COOPERAGE
The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours and transported immediately to the winery, where they were destemmed and cold soaked for 48 hours, inoculated with a low rate of Burgundian yeast and punched down three times daily. After fermentation, the wine rested 17 months in a mix of new (50%) and one-year old French oak barrels from the Allier, Vosges, Troncais and Bertranges forests.
Destined to be a crowd pleaser for its “cherry pie in a glass” character, our 2017 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir presents a concentrated core of ripe cherry and blackberry nuanced by sweet oak and caramel notes. With time, molasses, allspice and a rich yeastiness further the baked pie impression. For all its fruit complexity, the palate is bright and fresh with an extremely long and sleek finish. Enjoy upon release or cellar for up to 7-11 years.