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.
Moving to the three Chardonnays, the 2018 Chardonnay Gap's Crown Vineyard comes from a remarkable site on the Sonoma Coast and has a rich, textured style as well as classy notes of honeyed orchard fruits, chamomile, buttered lemons, and toasted bread. There's always an exotic edge in the Chardonnays from this site, and this is a complex, subtle, nuanced Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years.
From the producer's marquee site, this wine has a bright entry that evolves into a richly layered, sumptuous medley of caramel toffee and butterscotch. Stone fruit, apple and citrus play against the richness with ease, providing a balanced, seamless whole. (VB)
The 2018 Chardonnay Gap's Crown Vineyard is crafted differently than the other Chardonnays in the Three Sticks portfolio. From Dijon clone vines, it is barrel fermented and aged 11 months in oak with lees stirring, and it goes through malolactic fermentation. It has a pretty savory character, with toast, flint, honey and hazelnuts anchored by white peaches and floral perfume. The medium-bodied palate is silky in texture and provides a great foil to the richness of the nose, with bright, gently leesy fruits and a long, juicy finish. (EB)
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