Gust "Petaluma Gap" Chardonnay 2018 (Sonoma County, CA)
Producer Notes: Taking inspiration from the great wines of Montrachet we set out to create a wine that had searing acidity with an equal amount of texture, flavor, and finesse.
A portion of the grapes were crushed with their stems directly to press. This allows clean juice to run through the press whilst the crushing means that more solids are picked up and a more viscous, robust texture to the wine is aded. The rest of the grapes were directly transferred to press as whole-cluster bunches. This gives a lighter, more elegant texture and preserves some of the fresher fruit characteristics and highlights the aromatics we were looking for. The balance between these two techniques creates a wine with notes of brioche, lemon, and gardenias, lightning-like acidity, and a non-stop finish.
From Wine Advocate: -This is a new project from the second-generation Cline Sisters Megan and Hilary Cline. 2017 is the first vintage, and all the wines are from Petaluma Gap. “In the past four years, my sister and I have been more involved in grape growing and winemaking,” Megan explains. “Our family farms around 800 acres in Sonoma County, and for the most part, the grapes go into bigger blends. With Gust, we wanted to take the best sites and elevate everything from winemaking practices to farming, going into much more detail—doing clonal selections, rating blocks, thinning to one cluster per shoot—trying to use our experience and knowledge to elevate these wines.-
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