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2021 Gap's Crown Vineyard

Pinot Noir
Petaluma Gap
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About this Wine

Situated just below our own Nightwing Estate Vineyard, Gap’s Crown 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.

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94 Points

“It might not be a stretch to surmise that the relatively new Petaluma Gap AVA became one largely due to the fruit that has come from the Gap’s Crown Vineyard. It does particularly well in the hands of MacRostie winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen in the 2021 vintage, with this combination of deep cherry and raspberry fruit, dry earth minerality and fall spice, balanced with ‘house style’ acidity and finishing long and toasty. Beautiful!”
Rich Cook
Wine Review Online, June 2023
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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, with notions of black currant and brown baking spices providing a richness that beautifully complements the red fruit aromas. On the palate, mouthwatering flavors of sugar-coated tart strawberries and raspberries and cream glide to a soft, lush finish.

Accolades
  • 94 Points: Rich Cook Wine Review Online - June 2023
  • “It might not be a stretch to surmise that the relatively new Petaluma Gap AVA became one largely due to the fruit that has come from the Gap’s Crown Vineyard. It does particularly well in the hands of MacRostie winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen in the 2021 vintage, with this combination of deep cherry and raspberry fruit, dry earth minerality and fall spice, balanced with ‘house style’ acidity and finishing long and toasty. Beautiful!”

  • 93 Points: Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast - June/July 2023
  • “Rhubarb and sour cherry flavors mingle with somewhat riper black cherries in this mediumbodied, mouth-watering, acid-driven wine. It’s a real palate cleanser that’s refreshing, has some textural bite and should age well through 2030.”

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 10 months of aging in exclusively French oak barrels, 36% of which were new, 36% being once-used, we bottled on August 10th, 2022.

Vintage

The 2021 vintage delivered a moderate and consistent growing season for most of Sonoma County, leading to a smooth, easily manageable harvest. While the continuation of drought conditions led to slightly reduced yields, the overall quality and concentration of the grapes were exceptional. Our grapes from Gap’s Crown were harvested from blocks 4A and 9A4, planted to Clones 115 and 828 respectively. Fruit was harvested by hand overnight on September 14th and 16th, 2021.

Vineyard

Gap’s Crown Vineyard is situated on the base of Sonoma Mountain in the 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. Situated just below our own Nightwing Estate Vineyard, Gap’s Crown 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: 13.6%
  • cases made:

    263 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/10/2022
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 36% new, 36% once-used

  • fermentation:

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

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