2018 Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir
Displaying a dark ruby hue, this offering from Gaps’ Crown vineyard abounds in lush aromas of black cherry, ripe raspberries, tobacco leaf, and toasty cedar. Floral elements of crushed violets and rose petals lend an air of mystery. Broad upon entry, intense fruit flavors and firm tannins integrate seamlessly and deliver a powerful finish that is a hallmark of this formidable Pinot Noir.
This picturesque vineyard has quickly risen to the top echelon of Sonoma County 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. Originally a part of the southern section of the Sonoma Coast AVA, the vineyard is now a part of the newly created Petaluma Gap AVA 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 777 and 667.