2017 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir
About this wine
SLOW WINE AWARD WINNER Gap’s Crown, tucked on the western hillside of Sonoma Mountain, is fanned by the cool ocean breezes that push through the Petaluma Gap. Our block is between 980-1180 feet above sea level. Our block is predominantly situated in a very rocky area of Goulding-Toomes Complex soil. Fog exposure is high during the entire ripening season. No herbicides are used; sustainable and organic practices maintain the soil ecosystem. This is a favorite of Stéphane because of the long growing season, rocky soil and inhospitable weather. A showy wine of intense ruby red color, the nose is earthy with floral notes intermixed with red fruit. Savory and sumptuous on the palate the fruit intensifies with earth underneath. Adequate acidity and minerality tame the succulant spice and fruit leading to a satisfyingly complete finish. 35% stem inclusion during fermentation lifts the climate interaction with the vines. If you cellar this wine for several months or even years, your patience will reward you in spades. Its intricacies will be beautifully coaxed out over time, resulting in what we believe will be a truly extraordinary wine. Perfect with: Meatloaf with mashers and peas, Lamb Shoulder Chops with Rosemary Potatoes, Grilled pork tenderloin and roasted veggies, Oxtail Bourguignonne, Confit de Canard, Gratin Dauphinois, Poulet Basquaise.
Meet the Winemaker
Stéphane Vivier & Dana Sexton Vivier
Owners and Winemakers
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