GAP’S CROWN VINEYARD
This 100 acre Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard was planted over the years 2002 to 2005 and is a staple for the Pinot Noir program at wineries such as Kosta Browne, Three Sticks, Walt and Furthermore. Gap’s Crown Vineyard is located on a western hillside of Sonoma Mountain in the town of Penngrove. The vineyard was historically considered part of the Sonoma Coast AVA but is now the most iconic vineyard in the Petaluma Gap AVA which was created in 2017. Growing conditions in this new AVA are heavily influenced by afternoon winds that drive fog through a wind gap in the coastal mountain range that stretches east from the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Bay through the town of Petaluma and then south to San Pablo Bay.
The Gap’s Crown Vineyard is planted at elevations between 300 and 800 feet and mostly above the fog line. This exposes the vines to maritime elements but with sunlight exposure that helps ensure that the sugars and phenolic ripeness develop in unison. The Pinot Noir blocks that Furthermore pulls from are made up of Pommard and Dijon 828 clones.
95 Points – Wine Enthusiast
91 Points – Steve Heimoff
97 Points, Double Gold Medal – Sunset International Wine Competition
96 Points, Double Gold Medal – Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
(No production in 2010, 2011 or 2013-2016)