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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 22 
ProducerSojourn (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardGap's Crown Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap`s Crown Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 141 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by hal0 on 7/22/2015 & rated 90 points: PnP. Dark dark red in the glass. Nose of dark red fruit, black cherry, baking spice, medicinal herbs, brambly fruit. Quite wild. On the palate, ripe red and black cherry, rhubarb, bitter cherry. Finish of bitter cherry and sweet strawberry. Slight tannins and heat.

Drinking well now. (180 views)
 Tasted by Mattshank on 5/11/2015 & rated 93 points: Nose: Seductive black cherry aromas with raspberry and cassis hints. Fantastic nose. Palate: Soft and perfectly mature with the black cherries and an almost perfumy flavor (odd as that sounds) with a super clean finish. Last bottle drank on 3/4/13 and this is at peak. Balanced, elegant and just fantastic. Glad I have one more bottle left but given how good this drinks the last one will be opened soon. (465 views)
 Tasted by Seafoam Manor on 5/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Notes were all exactly consistent with previous bottles. Textbook Sonoma Pinot; bright red fruit, burnt orange-like citrus and spice all molded together in a very supple package. Crowd pleasing, delicious style of wine. This will probably hang on for several more years, but it is in a very good place right now. (396 views)
 Tasted by wythes on 4/27/2015 & rated 92 points: I love this wine! It rocks. My wife loves it too. I love that the color isn't an overly extracted deep purple. It's a nice somewhat translucent color that packs a punch of flavor. I also love the mouth feel - smooth as a baby's bottom. I'm about 3/4 of my way through the bottle and I'm already trying to find out where I can buy some more. (522 views)
 Tasted by hesnctrl on 4/11/2015 & rated 91 points: PnD. Medium burgundy in color. Big whiff of ripe strawberries, dark cherry, and cola on the nose. After a few hours, a floral perfumy element came forward. Fairly concentrated and very California.

Tasted in a Riedel Vinum Burgundy and Riedel Vivant Burgundy glasses. In the Vinum, the green stemminess I picked up last time was very apparent. In the Vivant, there was none at all. The big bowl and wide opening of the Vivant helped to tame the wine a bit and gave it more elegance. (503 views)
 Tasted by Gary J on 4/5/2015 & rated 93 points: Excellent Pinot Noir complex with slight oak finish (478 views)
 Tasted by TwoSmoochies on 12/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Excellent well balanced wine. With time it should improve even more (706 views)
 Tasted by cweiner on 12/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Love. Fruit forward, dry without bite. (841 views)
 Tasted by tomlee on 12/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Light crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Red fruits, cinnamon, brown sugar and forest floor on the nose. Spicy on the palate with medium body and zippy acidity. Flavors of cranberry, strawberry, cherry and baking spices. Decent finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years. (851 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 11/29/2014 & rated 94 points: First time drinking this wine. Really enjoyed a lot, both with salmon grilled on cedar plank and then after dinner. Round, fruity, long finish but lots of structure; not at all the acidic mid-palate that I dislike. I'd drink a lot more pinot if I could get this for $40 every (or at least most). (753 views)
 Tasted by Seafoam Manor on 11/13/2014 & rated 92 points: Very Californian and very good. Bright red fruits with hints of citrus and spice to keep this from getting sweet or candy-like. The biggest highlight is probably the silky smooth mouth-feel. This is drinking really well right now and I can't see this improving much with age. (717 views)
 Tasted by jj96 on 11/6/2014 & rated 92 points: did not do well after Day 1 (513 views)
 Tasted by mjfaulkner on 10/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Full bodied and plush, with ripe raspberry and spice notes. Decently structured with enough underlying acidity to keep this from getting too flabby. (573 views)
 Tasted by Griffeyfan04 on 10/23/2014 & rated 96 points: What a wonderful Pinot. Nice raspberry and texture that was perfect. Decanted shortly and drank over 2 hours. It has lots of bright red fruits singing with some subtle earth tones beginning to emerge. Even some floral notes on the nose that were very pretty. This is drinking perfectly right now but I can see this being great over the next 5 years still. A nice QPR in my opinion for $42. Wish I had a couple more bottles (598 views)
 Tasted by mflesh on 8/26/2014: Already rated this wine three times and that's quite enough. This was the last bottle of the 2009 4-pack that I had. All I can say is that this wine has been a delight to have. I believe that those who had more self-restraint than I did to hold bottles will be rewarded with this one in about 2-3 years when this one starts to go down the hill a little bit. Tonight this one was drinking beautifully. No eucalyptus, no heat. Just a very nice wine that has come into its element and drinking beautifully. This was a dirty red pour into the glass. Lilac and jasmine on the nose, Mature raspberry up front with attenuated acidity compared to previous bottles. Fruit is there but not "in your face." Dark and somewhat mature raspberry and black cherry were there and singing. Wine turned dark in the middle, with earth and a hint of sweet molasses despite a very strong black cherry backbone. Finished without much fruit. Tannin has already started to retreat but what was there was rather sweet and carried through to a 10-15 second finish. Nice. This wine is at the top of the hill right now, and will be a tough act to follow for Sojourn. Done by 2018. (948 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 6/9/2014 & rated 87 points: Jammy, with minimal tannins and a slight sweetness. Flavors of earth, bramble and smoke underlie the fruit. With the tannins being very light and there being minimal acidity, this wine is almost a fruit punch. My tasting note seems to contradict other tasters. But the wine did not taste flawed so my tasting note will remain. (1245 views)
 Tasted by Johnahieb on 5/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Fantastic nose, and a nice, medium weight style. There aren't many wines this good in this price range. (1050 views)
 Tasted by StainedGlass on 3/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Medium dark ruby with red and dark cherry and raspberry very evident on the front end but not jammy; not a lot of earthiness but pleasant baking spices and a moderately long finish. More fruit than I expected; quite enjoyable with several really good years still ahead of it. (1550 views)
 Tasted by dhammer53 on 3/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Drank this at Petite Crevette in Red Hook. BYO - no charge. Very dark for a pinot noir. Smooth and silky. Beautiful fruit. This wine was really showing off. After 2+ hours, the fruit was a little more forward. My friend Lew (also on the Sojourn list) and I really enjoyed this wine. One of the better aged Sojourns I've tasted. Drink and enjoy or hold. (1401 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 2/24/2014 & rated 93 points: Lovely, rich, and complex with lots of rich dark red fruit flavors. (1287 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 2/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Consistent with previous notes. (1052 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 2/2/2014 & rated 91 points: PnP. On the nose dark ripe cherry, spice, cola, sweet fruit. On the palate expressive, ripe dark red fruit with earthiness, spice and acidity. Well balanced. A darker, bigger expression of pinot. Very well done. (1030 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 1/24/2014 & rated 91 points: Lots of raspberry and cherry fruit with some herbs du provence and nice minerality. (907 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 1/23/2014 & rated 93 points: No notes. Sorry. It tasted great. (901 views)
 Tasted by PinotPaul on 12/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Wonderful, full body Pinot. (1050 views)
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By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #69 (1/15/2011)
(Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/23/2011)
(Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast) Dark cherry red color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; ripe raspberry, spicy, berry nose; sexy, ripe berry, ripe raspberry palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/5/2011)
(Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast) Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; lovely, brown sugar, black cherry, black raspberry, floral nose; tight, poised, very appealing, ripe raspberry, black cherry palate, with integrated oak spice; medium-plus finish  93 points
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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Gap's Crown Vineyard

Gapís Crown is perched on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain and is comprised of 37 vineyard blocks that span 140 planted acres. Ranging in elevation from 300í to 840í above sea level Gapís Crown takes advantage of the steep Sonoma Mountain hillsides to promote natural airflow and soil drainage within the vineyard.

Gapís Crown is part of the Sonoma Coast AVA and is situated at the confluence of where Sonoma Mountain and its surrounding southwest facing hills meet the Petaluma Wind Gap (Petaluma Gap). To the south the hills of Sonoma Mountain turn southeast and channel the cool breezes of the Petaluma Gap toward the San Pablo Bay. To the north Sonoma Mountain gives way to Crane Canyon and eventually a northwest oriented set of hills. A pocket is formed by Crane Canyon and these northwest hills just to the north of Gapís Crown, creating a natural fog pocket around the vineyard. Typically, coastal fog that is trapped in this pocket takes longer to burn off during the latter days of the growing season. This lingering fog during at the end of the growing season allows Gapís Crown fruit to ripen slowly, developing sugar and phenolic ripeness in unison.

Gapís Crown vineyard is owned and managed by Gapís Crown, LLC and is located in the Petaluma Wind Gap. Kosta Browne Winery has purchased Gapís Crown Pinot Noir grapes since 2006, and now enjoys a long term lease of 37 planted acres. Their viticulture is second to none, producing some of the finest grapes in Sonoma County.

William ďBillĒ Price III, co-founder of private investment company TPG Group and a financier of North Coast wineries such as Kosta Browne, purchased the 138-acre Gapís Crown pinot noir and chardonnay vineyard in the Sonoma Coast appellation east of Rohnert Park. Mr. Price on Dec. 11 purchased two properties from what had been part of the CalPERS vineyard portfolio. The 106 acres of planted pinot noir and 32 acres of chardonnay are located off Roberts Road on the western slopes of Sonoma Mountain east of Rohnert Park. The sale price wasnít disclosed in public records. Mr. Price told Wine Spectator that the purchase price was above $100,000 an acre and a new high value level for Sonoma Coast vines. With plantings in 2002 and 2005, Gapís Crown is a source if grapes for wineries such as Kosta Browne, Paul Hobbs and Patz & Hall. Mr. Price will continue to supply those grape contracts and will purchase fruit for his Three Sticks and Price Chanin brands, he told Wine Spectator. Vineyard acquisition as a way to access key grape supply was a main driver in dozens of North Coast property sales in the past year to wineries, including several in the Premier Pacific Vineyards portfolio. Mr. Priceís history in the wine business includes the purchase and sale of Beringer Vineyards and, more recently, the formation of a boutique vintner investment group called The Vincraft Group. Itís investments include the Kosta Browne and Gary Farrell brands.
Zepponi & Company of Santa Rosa advised Menlo Park-based private-equity firm GI Partners, which has been managing the Premier Pacific Vineyards portfolio for CalPERS for the past year. CalPERS in late 2011 said it would end its relationship with Premier Pacific Vineyards, and GI Partners has been marketing vineyards for sale. American AgCredit financed the purchase.


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