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MacPhail Gap's Crown Chardonnay 2010

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Gap's Crown Chardonnay is clear and brilliant with straw bale yellowtones. Her nose will have you swooning: pineapple, coconut,creme brule, and butterscotch. She has crisp acidity yet she'sfull-bodied and tastes of honeysuckle. Her finish is long andlingering.

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W&S 92
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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.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
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.
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What defines MacPhail? Our little red wagon says it all. Family. Fun. Serious when we need to be (but not too much).

From the beginning, which isn’t all that long ago, we’ve believed that wine is art with a splash of science. Our first vintage was 2002, so you haven’t had a long time to get to know us. But we’re easy. We use traditional, old-world winemaking techniques with minimal intervention to deliver wines that are flavorful enough to tell you a lot about our exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County and Mendocino’s Anderson Valley. We forge strong partnerships with growers willing to join us in this ongoing adventure. Restless and curious, always searching to answer a simple question: what is Pinot Noir? Crafted by nature, nurtured by our hands.

The little red wagon that graces our label symbolizes timeless design and exceptional quality. We like the idea that kids play in wagons, and share simple joys. No reason we can’t as well. So we try not to take ourselves too seriously, even as we’re very serious about our wines.

Tim and Sabrina Persson take the long view as stewards of MacPhail Wines. After all, they are the fifth generation of the Hess family to watch over the family’s wineries. As Tim likes to say, take a peek in the wine rack at home and you’ll have no doubt how often MacPhail is a part of the family’s wine selections. It’s not uncommon to see Tim and Sabrina, along with the next generation – children Jasper and Yasmine – at the MacPhail Tasting Lounge @The Barlow. Be sure to say hello.

Matt Courtney has a simple goal as winemaker for MacPhail: capture the individuality of each vineyard site and let it express itself in your glass. His focus is the vineyard, and he has worked with many MacPhail growers for years. Celebrated for wines created for Arista, Marcassin and his own label, Ferren, he is as well known for his wizardry with Chardonnay as he is with Pinot Noir. Happily, MacPhail has room for both.


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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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RRM50869_2010 Item# 124839

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