2019 Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir | MacRostie Winery
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2019 Gap's Crown Vineyard

Pinot Noir
Petaluma Gap
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About this Wine

We’re very proud to introduce our first offering from Sonoma’s renowned Gap’s Crown Vineyard. From its shining red crystal color to its lavish flavors, this Pinot Noir is fun and unique. Loads of red currant and cranberry aromas jump out of the glass, along with hints of blackberry bramble and anise from whole cluster fermentation.

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93 Points

“Fresh strawberries and raspberries in the aroma turn a bit darker in the flavors, where black cherries and black tea give this wine some delicious bass notes. It is a well-balanced, true-to-type, cool-climate wine with concentrated flavors and light tannins.”
Jim Gordon
Wine Enthusiast, December 2022
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Tasting Notes

From its shining red crystal color to its lavish flavors, this Pinot Noir is fun and unique. Loads of red currant and cranberry aromas jump out of the glass, along with hints of blackberry bramble and anise from whole cluster fermentation. On the palate, mouth-watering flavors of Montmorency cherry and red raspberry make this wine vibrant and delicious as it flows to a rich, lingering finish.

Accolades
  • 93 Points: Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast - December 2022
  • “Fresh strawberries and raspberries in the aroma turn a bit darker in the flavors, where black cherries and black tea give this wine some delicious bass notes. It is a well-balanced, true-to-type, cool-climate wine with concentrated flavors and light tannins.”

  • 91 Points: Audrey Frick JebDunnuck.com - “Sonoma County 2020 Report”, August 2022
  • “From the Petaluma Gap, the 2019 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard has pretty aromatics of dried roses and raspberry. On the palate, it has energetic lift, with orange peel and cranberry, that leads to a modest, clean finish. Drink over the next 5-6 years.”

Winemaking

The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. After 11 months of aging in exclusively French oak barrels, 38% of which were new, 38% being once-used, we bottled on September 14, 2020.

Vintage

2019 was a near-ideal winegrowing season. There was just the right amount of heat early in the growing season to acclimate the grapes, with mild temperatures throughout the season ensuring superior flavor development. Our grapes from Gap’s Crown were harvested from blocks 1C and 9A4 and planted to Clones 115 and 828 respectively. Fruit was harvested by hand overnight on September 25, 2019.

Vineyard

MacRostie Winery is very proud to introduce our first offering from Sonoma’s renowned Gap’s Crown Vineyard. Gap’s Crown Vineyard is situated on the base of Sonoma Mountain in the new Petaluma Gap AVA, named for the Petaluma wind gap that allows wind and fog from the Pacific to flow further inland than almost any other place in Sonoma County. The vineyard is planted on a southwest-facing slope with elevations ranging from 320 to 820 feet and boasts some of the most sought-after fruit in Sonoma County.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.40%
  • cases made:

    395 Cases

  • bottling date: 09/14/2020
  • aging:

    Aged 11 months in French oak, 38% new, 38% once-used

  • fermentation:

    Gently destemmed into open-top fermenters; three-day cold soak; cap management included pump-overs & punch-downs

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