MacPhail Gap's Crown Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Gap's Crown Chardonnay is clear and brilliant with straw bale yellow
tones. Her nose will have you swooning: pineapple, coconut,
creme brule, and butterscotch. She has crisp acidity yet she's
full-bodied and tastes of honeysuckle. Her finish is long and
"This grows on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain, where it meets the winds and fog of the Petaluma Gap. The vineyard ripened a rich California chardonnay in 2010, a huge wine that retains bright and zesty freshness. The tone of the fruit is orange and gold, from honey to pumpkin spice and citrus pith. Try it with sea bass sashimi."
Wine & Spirits
"MacPhail has built a solid fan base for its many Pinot Noirs, but, as this nicely made wine attests, it can show a winning hand with Chardonnay as well. Long on ripe, apple-like qualities and laced with deft notes of toast, herbs and stones, it is at once both fleshy and firm with plenty of richness apparent throughout. It is still fairly young, yet it holds nothing back, and it will make dandy drinking with alder-smoked salmon or richly sauced chicken fare."
Learn About MacPhail
James MacPhail grew up just north of San Francisco in Marin County where, since the 1880s, members of his father"s family have been pillars of the local business community. James" mother was raised on a dairy farm in western Sonoma County; she remained tied to her Tomales Bay community, regularly engaging James in the lives of the region's farming families. A passion for business...
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Learn About Sonoma County
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...
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Learn About Chardonnay
White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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