2007 Brousseau Vineyard - Wind Gap Chardonnay
Wind Gap is an exciting project by Pax and Pam Mahle. This up-and-coming small winery is focused on producing honest, authentic and compelling wines from special vineyard sites. They source from vineyards throughout California: from the limestone and granite soils of Chalone, to the shale and limestone blanketed hills of western Paso Robles, to the windy, cold Sonoma Coast. Many of their vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hills funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening of their grapes. It seemed only fitting that their name should celebrate the forces of nature that shape their wine.
This Chardonnay is low alcohol, concentrated and pure. Fermented to retain its freshness and verve, this wine proudly showcases the limestone and granitic qualities of the soil in which it was grown. 30 year old Wente clone Chardonnay picked early makes for a deliciously tight and bright wine that is perfect with oysters.