2015 Gary Farrell Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.37, TA 0.70, 494 cases, $75. Released May 2018. 106 acres of Pinot Noir first planted in 2002 in the new, cool Petaluma Gap AVA. Clones “828” and 667. 85% de-stemmed and 15% whole cluster added later. 5-day cold soak, 10-15 days of extended maceration, aged 16 months on the primary lees in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of purple and black berry fruits plus fertile earth. A startling attack of boysenberry, black raspberry and dark strawberry fruit with a touch of spice in a mid weight plus style. Flat-out delicious, with amazing length in the mouth and a gracious, flavorful finish. The combination of boisterous fruit, enviable harmony, and polished mouthfeel makes for an invigorating experience. I recently wrote about this vineyard in the PinotFile as it has become one of California’s most provocative sources for Pinot Noir grapes. Score: 94. Reviewed June 29, 2018

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
From article: Recently Tasted Pinot Noir & Chardonnay