2011 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
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Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Gap’s Crown Vineyard is situated in the foothills just above the Sangiacomo Vineyard. Steep slopes and rocky soils cause significant vine stress, and the resulting wines are concentrated, with complex flavors, and a phenomenal structure that distinguishes these wines from other California Pinot noirs. The cool 2011 vintage allowed for long hang times and complex flavor development. The vineyard’s higher elevation and steeper slopes allowed the grapes to ripen to optimal levels in the days prior to the early October rain.
We are thrilled with the 2011 vintage of this wine. We blended together individually fermented lots from our three core blocks comprised of Pinot noir clones 115, 828, and 667. Each clone adds uniquely complex flavors, richness, and a myriad of velvety color elements. The 828 was fermented partially with stems included, providing additional verve and structure. Dark cherry and boysenberry aromas lead to hints of baking spice, chocolate, and thyme. This is a complex wine that makes a stunning first impression with explosive aromatics, plush textures, and excellent structure.