2015 Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Petaluma Gap yields wines with muscle, depth and rustic fruit elements. This wine presents a classic expression of place, revealing pure, dark, earthy and savory aromas of blackberry, cola, dried herbs and mandarin zest. Flavors of blood orange, graphite and mesquite grilled meat add complexity to the rich, brandied cherry and cassis liquor layers that unfold on the palate. The mouthfeel is plush, full-bodied, and structured with a strong backbone of firm tannins, making it a slightly masculine Pinot Noir with a long, lavish finish and brisk age worthy acid.
This picturesque vineyard has quickly risen to the top echelon of Sonoma Coast Vineyards and is highly sought after by winemakers all over California. First planted in 2002, Gap’s Crown includes 106 acres of Pinot Noir and 32 acres of Chardonnay. It is located in the cool, windy Petaluma Gap in southwest Sonoma County where the climate is highly influenced by the effects of the coastal fog from the Pacific Ocean. Spanning the foothills of Sonoma Mountain, the vineyard offers a variety of soil types at elevations of 300 to 800 feet above sea level, with steep hillsides to promote natural airflow and soil drainage. Steep slopes and rocky soils create vine stress that yields rich, concentrated, structured wines. Our Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir is a blend of clones 828 and 667. The 828 clone, with its larger berries and slightly thicker skin, contributes red fruit and structure to the blend, while the 667 clone’s smaller clusters and berries provide dark fruit sexiness and luscious texture.