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2009 Wind Gap Chardonnay Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012

(100% whole clusters; all neutral oak elevage):  Light yellow.  Nuanced nose evokes orange pith, pear, fresh herbs, ginger and sweet butter.  Plump, dense and fruity but impressively vibrant for its size and weight.  Offers an impressive balance of sappy citrus and orchard fruits, with zesty minerality emerging on the back end.  Closes spicy and very long, with resonating ginger and mineral notes. 

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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