2013 Gary Farrell Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.67, 495 cases, $70. Released September 2015. The Gap’s Crown Vineyard was planted in 2002 and consists of 106 acres of Pinot Noir and 32 acres of Chardonnay. Located in the cool and windy Petaluma Gap where the vines are exposed to considerable maritime influence. A blend of clones “828” and 667. Partially de-stemmed, leaving a portion of whole cluster. 5 to 7-day cold soak, 10 to 15-day post fermentation extended maceration, inoculated for malolactic fermentation, and racked into 40% new French oak barrels for 14 months of barrel aging on the primary lees. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Vigorous aromas of black cherry, raspberry, violets and seasoned oak lead to a boisterous attack of dark cherry, black raspberry and savory herbs that unfold in layers. Silky, with substantial, but integrated tannins, and a welcome waft of toasty oak in the background. Score: 91. Reviewed January 17, 2016

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir