2014 Wind Gap Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Woodruff vineyard

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2014 Wind Gap Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Woodruff vineyard

#1 Post by Dan Kravitz » December 23rd, 2018, 3:35 pm

My first bottling from this reputed producer.

Aromas are reticent but fine, with Rome apple and Seckel pear. That's the best part of it. The palate is vigorous and balanced, with almost fierce acidity. However the flavors are muted. There are just tiny hints of the lime and conifer I find in almost all SCM Chardonnays. For me, they make the Appellation, along with Chablis, the most distinctive for Chardonnay and one of my favorites. However if tasted blind, I'm not sure I would have gotten this. The lack of distinctive SCM character lowers my pleasure less than the overall neutrality of the flavor profile. I'm on the second day for this, had hoped it would blossom, but what I have is a steely glass of almost random Chardonnay. It works fine as an accompaniment to the scallop spinach focaccia that's for dinner, but I had hoped for more. Rated 85. I have a few bottles left, will bury them deep in the cellar and hope for something more in ~3 - 5 years.

Dan Kravitz
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