Our Estate Gap’s Crown Vineyard is frequently blanketed in fog and cooled with high winds. This Sonoma County site exhibits a beautiful representation of how well Pinot Noir thrives in these cooler areas of our county. These vines are specifically planted to complement the sweeping winds that come through the coastal gap in Petaluma. Our mix of heritage and Dijon clones lend a nice mix to the blend, showing a minty underbelly and strong core of blue fruit and hibiscus.
Release August 15th, 2017Price: $70
Gap’s Crown Vineyard is on the western slope of Sonoma Mountain at an elevation of 300′ to 800′. The well-drained soil is predominately loam and clay loam. Gap’s Crown is situated in an area of Sonoma County known as the Petaluma Gap, a not-yet-confirmed AVA. This area enjoys the cooling effects of both wind and fog plus a spectacularly sweeping western exposure. This wine is made up of four clones – Swan, 828, 115, and a low-yielding Rochioli selection of the Pommard clone. Gap’s Crown has become one of the most iconic vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, consistently producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnays of distinction.
The 2015 vintage proceeded with dry weather, extending our drought for its fourth year. Warm weather started the year, which caused early flowering mirroring the previous couple of growing seasons. In spring the climate changed dramatically, heavy winds and cool spells hit the valley. The effects of this weather pattern caused fruit set to be extremely variable and by July we were ready for harvest. We picked earlier than ever and received our grapes into the cellar by August. Overall, the effect of our early budbreak and resulting weather was that our yields were down 25%. While this isn’t great for the amount of wine we can produce, what was left for us turned out to be fantastic. Small, concentrated berries allowed us to create richly flavored and textured wines. Like many things in life, the 2015 vintage demonstrated the beauty of the adage “less is more”.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: Rochioli, Swan, 115, 828
Soil: Cobbley Clay Loam
Fermentation: Open Top Fermenters
Whole Cluster: 20%
Barrel Aging: 15 Months
Barrel Composition: 100% French Oak
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Alcohol Content: 14.4%
Production: 220 Cases
Release Date: August 15, 2017