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2016 Gap's Crown Vineyard

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
Red fruit-driven, with lifted notes of baking spice and dark cherry aromatics. There is an electricity and intensity to the fruit in this wine. It has richness, layers and depth, with an explosion of fresh fruit in the mid palate. The 2016 vintage shows more power and this wine is probably the most approachable of our Single Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs. At an elevation of 300-800 feet above sea level, Gap’s Crown sits in the heart of the Sonoma Coast AVA. This is an extremely rocky, well-draining site with northwestern exposure, which consistently produces powerful, concentrated Pinot Noirs in a New World-style. Its proximity to the Petaluma Gap, from which its name is derived, effectively moderates temperature during warm spells in the summer and fall and enables the crop to hang into late September and October in most vintages. - Mike Smith
AVA:
Petaluma Gap AVA (Sonoma County)
Production:
201 Cases
 
50% French New Oak
Varietal:
Pinot Noir
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2016 Sun Chase Vineyard

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
Robust flavors and exceptional texture, the wine is characterized by Strawberry-Rhubarb flavors followed with herbaceous notes of thyme. Our goal is to create a wine that showcases the varietal’s exceptional character in this region. Dense and packed with great acidity and structure, this wine is very fresh. The fruit is so pure it gives the impression of sweetness even though the wine is technically dry. The vineyards were more balanced in 2016, bestowing the wines of this vintage with high levels of concentration and detailed aromatics. Sunchase Vineyard is situated on the Southeastern edge of the Sonoma Coast appellation at 800 ft elevation. Considered one of the top five vineyards in Sonoma County,  Sun Chase consistently produces wines of great depth and complexity. The rocky hillside soils of this hillside gem are derived from volcanic parent material known as basalt, which has a low concentration of magnesium but very rich in minerals, ideal for cultivating premium Pinot Noir grapes. - Mike Smith
AVA:
Petaluma Gap AVA (Sonoma County)
Production:
139 Cases
 
50% French New Oak
Varietal:
Pinot Noir
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2016 Soberanes Vineyard

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
Full spectrum of bright & dark red fruits across the board. Subtle spiciness, wind-blown lavender and tangy orange peel. Rich and full with a beautiful mouthfeel. This wine has a juicy mid-palate backed by racy acidity. It has plenty of weight which is round and broadly textured with good acidic structure. The wine is the most feminine of our Pinot portfolio. The 2016 vintage pushed the heat limits in this region, unveiling an elegant yet powerful Pinot Noir. Nestled up against the bench-land hills, the Soberanes Vineyard is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This family vineyard builds upon a tradition of high quality, hands on wine growing. The Pisoni and Franscioni families, whose friendship spans three generations bring pedigree and proven stewardship to this premium vineyard site. Managed primarily by the Pisoni Family, the utmost in care and attention to detail shows in every cluster of this vineyard. - Mike Smith
AVA:
Santa Lucia Highlands AVA (Monterey County)
Production:
120 Cases
 
50% French New Oak
Varietal:
Pinot Noir
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