2017 WALT Gap's Crown Pinot Noir
"Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown vineyard has a wonderful, layered nose with cinnamon stick and nutmeg, vibrant warm cranberries, blueberries and black fruits with hints of cola, charcuterie and perfumed earth. Medium-bodied and silky in the mouth with intense, concentrated fruits, it offers spice and earth nuances with soft tannins, juicy acidity and a long finish..."
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
"Slightly lighter ruby-colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown comes from a great site on the coast... Violets, blueberries, raspberries, spice box and underbrush notes all emerge from this elegant, medium-bodied Pinot Noir that has nicely integrated acidity, fine tannins, and a great finish..."
Gap’s Crown Vineyard
Perched on a hillside in the direct path of steady winds
from the Pacific Ocean.
A break in the coastal range at Bodega Bay that lets in
fog and cool air
Sonoma Coast Appellation
Heavy fog and strong winds tempered by bright
The Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir is deep, yet vibrant garnet in color with effusive aromas of wild blackberry, baking spice, wet stone, and beautiful perfume. It is densely concentrated on the palate with blackberry, cola, and pepper flavors. Textured and robust, this wine has a delightful balance of tannin and bright acidity. Spicy oak notes integrate perfectly as it progresses to a long and powerful finish.
Gap’s Crown Vineyard is located in the heart of the Petaluma Wind Gap area of the Sonoma Coast Appellation. Gentle slopes, heavy fog, and rocky soils produce these exquisite wines of great depth and richness.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 Months in 50% New French Oak (François Frères)|
|Vintage Notes||The 2017 growing season began with significant rainfall, replenishing soils and reservoirs. A summer of gradual warmth indicated a textbook growing season until unpredictable spells of extreme heat throughout September created challenges for many vineyards. This slightly reduced yields, but great quality fruit. Cooling marine air arrived just in time to bring our vineyards to ideal harvesting conditions resulting in concentrated, rich, and dense wines.|