Patz & HallGap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016Product code: 3949
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One of the Sonoma Coast’s great vineyards, Gap’s Crown was first planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2002. Located in the foothills of the Sonoma Mountain, above the Petaluma Gap, it offers a variety of soil types at elevations ranging from 300 to 800 feet. The prized sections we work with are on the flank of the mountain. They are two of the highest blocks on the vineyard and are planted to clones 667 and 828, in Goulding series soils, with some heavier clay interspersed with volcanic rock and lots of gravel Showing deeply fruity aromas of black cherry, plum, and cassis. Notes of sandalwood, moist fresh earth, and a faint waft of ocean spray. Gap’s Crown Vineyard is a very long-lived wine that rewards patient cellaring.
About the Winery
If you are looking to taste some of the best Pinot Noir or Chardonnay wines in America, you should try the ones from the Patz & Hall brand. Four people, who had an undying passion for winemaking (Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz) had set up this winery in 1988. Today, this label is known for creating one of the best-known single-vineyard wines in California.
Ever since its establishment, this brand has aimed to develop good relationships with other like-minded, passionate family-owned winegrowers in California for getting the best quality of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals. Some of the grower partners with whom Patz & Hall has developed an excellent relationship are the following:
- Alder Springs Vineyards – Stuart Bewley
- Burnside Vineyards – Lee and George Martinelli
- Chenoweth Ranch – Bud & Charlie Chenoweth
- Dutton Ranch – Gail, Steve and Joe Dutton
- Gap’s Crown Vineyard – Bill Price
- Hudson Vineyard – Lee Hudson
- Hyde Vineyard – Larry Hyde & Family
- Moses-Hall Vineyard – James Hall and Anne Moses
- Pisoni Vineyard – Gary, Mark and Jeff Pisoni
- Two Dryers Vineyard – Mark Sanchietti
The grapes for Patz & Hall wines are processed with utmost care and precision at the state-of-the-art winery established in the Sonoma Coast. Here, traditional winemaking methods are followed using modern equipment. The wines are fermented in custom-made barrels, which is quite unique to this winery. These barrels are first air-dried and seasoned for three years to help them retain the quality of the grapes.
All the grapes are hand-harvested, before they are sorted with great care at the winery. The cluster-pressing of the grapes ensures that the wines created here have very little tannin. This is the major reasons why the Chardonnay wines created under this label have great aroma and flavour.