2018 Petaluma Gap | Marin County Chardonnay
Energetic, lean, taut and pure. Features lemon and a chalk/saline tang.
90+ - John Gilman, View from the Cellar - 7/3/20
2018 Chardonnay “Petaluma Gap”- Kendric Vineyards (Marin County) Stewart Johnson’s 2018 Chardonnay is only his second vintage of this varietal, after having budded over a portion of his vineyard to Wente Clones in 2016. The wine comes in this year listed at 13.7 percent octane, but remains quite cool and precise on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a youthful blend of lemon, pear, salty soil tones, white flowers, a hint of vanillin oak and an incipient topnote of crème patissière. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and still quite youthful in personality, with a good core, bright acids and good length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This has fine promise, but it is still quite primary and I would be inclined to tuck it away in the cellar for a year and let it properly blossom. There are good things in store here for those with just a modicum of patience. 2021- 2030. 90+.
This comes from a small patch of my vineyard that I grafted to the Wente clone of chardonnay in 2016. This is my 2nd vintage and the first one with a decent yield. In general, the chardonnay skews toward the leaner end of the California spectrum -- more lemon and chalk than butter and oak, more edges than unctuousness.
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