Gap's Crown Vineyard produces some of the finest grapes in Sonoma County. The vineyard is all about a professional singular focus on Pinot Noir. Steep hillsides and a variety of clones help add diversity to this vineyard whose aspects were carefully planted to encourage even sunlight exposure during the final stages of fruit ripening. The Sonoma Coast influence is key for Gap’s Crown – located in the Petaluma Gap where late season fog becomes trapped and takes longer to burn off. The fruit is allowed to hang a little longer creating more balanced and evolved flavors.
This 2016 Pinot Noir has aromas of purple fruit with cherry and raspberry character, and hints of violets on the nose. It's full-bodied and very dense with defined layers. It's an agile wine with fresh with hints of salt.
96 Points - James Suckling Lots of purple fruit with cherry and raspberry character and hints of violets on the nose. Full body that is very dense with defined layers. Yet, remains agile and fresh. Hints of salt. A little reserved now. Needs two or three years of bottle age. Better in 2021.
95+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck The 2016 Pinot Noir Gaps Crown comes from a great, great site on the Sonoma Coast and saw 15% whole clusters and 40% new wood. It’s a deep, rich, blacker fruit-driven effort that shows more and more savory, iron, and earthy notes with time in the glass. It’s ripe and opulent on the palate, with building tannin, yet packs a wealth of fruit and texture, while still showing the more elegant, balanced style of the vintage.
93 Points - Wine Spectator Everything is moving in the right direction, from the snappy wild berry and plum flavors to the crushed rock and savory underbrush notes. Ends with fine-grained tannins that bode well for the future. Drink now through 2024.
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak, the 2016 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard is medium ruby with a nose of Earl Grey tea leaves, citrus peel, garrigue and lavender with touches of tree bark, dried flowers, wild blackberries, blueberries and bright red berries. Medium-bodied and silky, it's perfumed and elegantly styled in the mouth with a finely grained frame and seamlessly woven freshness, finishing long with loads of perfume and spice. 3,400 cases produced. Rating: 93+