Black Kite Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 750ml
SKU: 30460

Black Kite Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

  • we95
  • v92
  • jd92
  • ws90


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Category White Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Brand Black Kite
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
Universally regarded as a stellar year, 2018 was the North Coast'hs mildest growing season in almost 40 years. The cool spring gave us near perfect fruit set while moderate summer temperatures, without any significant heat spikes, allowed for slow, even ripening that promoted excellent flavor development while retaining natural acidity. The relaxed pace continued through harvest with no weather events forcing our picking decisions. The resulting 2018 wines are stunning, offering wonderful concentration, complexity, finesse and flavors reflecting their unique vineyard sites.
Wine Enthusiast
  • we95

Bright with a creamy underside, this wine offers the best of both worlds: a study of oak and fleshy apple skin, with enduring freshness. A length of peach, pear and light baking spice contribute secondary tones that complement well.

July 1, 2021
  • v92

Limpid yellow-gold. Displays ripe pear and nectarine scents that are sharpened by smoky mineral and lemon curd flourishes. juicy and focused on the palate, nicely concentrated pit and orchard fruit scents, toasty lees and vanilla notes are present in the background. The long, smooth finish echoes the toasty notes and features repeating pear lemon flourishes.

May 2022
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd92

The only white presented, the 2018 Chardonnay Gap's Crown Vineyard offers a richer, exotic, medium to full-bodied style as well as lots of ripe lemon and tangerine fruit supported by toast, mint, and candied ginger-like aromas and flavors. It's a satisfying, powerful Sonoma Coast Chardonnay that should have 3-5 years of longevity.

July 22, 2021
Wine Spectator
  • ws90

Big, toasty and well-spiced, with concentrated ripe apple and pear flavors that show hints of toffee. There's buttery richness on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2024. 302 cases made.


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