2017 Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark and brooding, with elements of rustic, concentrated fruit and a savory backbone, this complex offering is a classic expression of wines from the Petaluma Gap. Black raspberry, dried cherries, and hints of blackberry jam work in concert with layers of tobacco leaf, saddle leather, and truffles. The mouthfeel is at once lush and expansive with ample tannic structure persistent throughout the mid-palate, while generous natural acidity provides a refreshing lift on the finish.
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 infl uenced 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 airfl ow 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.