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2015 Gap's Crown Vineyard

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
Following its sibling’s footsteps, the volume of this year’s Gaps Crown is turned up a notch and takes you on an amazing Pinot Noir thrill ride. Noticeably darker in the glass than previous vintages, wild and slightly untamed aromas of dark cherry, red berries and sweet spices accent a slight herbal tone. On the palate, this wine shows medium plus weight, gobs of dark and red fruits, a dose of cola and sufficient acidity to hold it all in perfect balance. The finish invites you to join the ride where the tannins seem to layer this wine and reel in its ripeness and concentration. It remains in perfect balance with a wild and rambunctious mélange of fruit, spice and vibrancy. Let this wine cellar for a few years, allowing all these distinctive elements to marry together. Age this beauty for 4-5 years or extend a nice decant for early drinking. - Mike Smith
Production:
148 Cases
 
50% New French Oak
Varietal:
Pinot Noir
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2015 Sun Chase Vineyard

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
2015 was a vintage loaded with power, color and finesse. The Sun Chase Vineyard encapsulated these elements and rolled them into Pinot Noir perfection. Dark ruby to the rim, the nose explodes with spicy red fruits, raspberry frambois and the distinct minerality that this vineyard exhibits every year. The mid palate is awash with subtle earth tones and silky layered textures. Because of its elevation, this early ripening site locks in a nice dose of tannin acting as a buffer to the power this vineyard is known for. The finish is a combination of all the above and flows over the palate with waves of pure Pinot Noir textures. Drink over the next few years or allow it to evolve over 5 years. - Mike Smith
Production:
74 Cases
 
50% New French Oak
Varietal:
Pinot Noir
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2015 Soberanes Vineyard

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
Yields were down in 2015 for this Santa Lucia Highlands beauty, but this lighter crop produced a wine with maximized concentration, freshness and vibrancy that the Santa Lucia Highlands is known for. Moderate to warmer days mixed with the ever-present winds produced a wine deep in color but also fully transparent. Dark garnet in the glass, scents of muddled sweet raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb, cinnamon, and faint hints of country lavender envelope the senses. The mid palate is framed by ample acidity which seems lifted because of its earthy and forest floor components. Its core is bursting with black cherry and steadfast tannin structure which is due, no doubt to the wind exposure. The finish is where this wine really shines, extremely long and balanced, it exhibits a rush of pure ripe Pinot Noir fruit buttressed with plush tannins allowing this wine to grasp your imagination of what a magical vineyard site this is. A long decant is recommended in its youth or allow 3-5 years in the cellar to bring out the hidden nuances this vineyard is known for. - Mike Smith
Production:
98 Cases
 
50% New French Oak
Varietal:
Pinot Noir
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