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This Sonoma Coast vineyard was developed specifically with Pinot Noir in mind. Bold sweeping elevation changes and clonal selections define this exemplary property which is farmed to exacting standards. For Kosta Browne, Gap’s Crown 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.
Kosta Browne has been working with the vineyard since 2006 and has a long-term lease on 37 acres. This allows them to manage how the vineyard is farmed and exercise their influence as an estate producer. Gap’s Crown is fermented in 83% stainless steel tank / 10% concrete / 20% aged in wood vessels for 15 months with 15% whole cluster fruit and a 3-5 day cold soak. Aged in 40% new French oak for aged 15 months.
Wine SpectatorEverything 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. 3,400 cases made.