A base of supple and attractive, fresh red cherries, married to a neatly integrated dose of toasty French oak, delivering a pinot that offers immediately appealing, drinkable style. The palate is utterly convincing in its balance and depth. There’s plenty on offer here. Drink now or hold.
The 2015 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown offers a more vibrant, crisp, tight style. Black cherries, currants, graphite, crushed rocks, and hints of charcoal all emerge from the glass. Deep, nicely concentrated, with integrated acidity, it has building tannin and notable structure as well as sensational purity of fruit. Give bottles a year and enjoy over the following decade. 94+
The team at Patz & Hall has been bottling a Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir since 2007, soon after the vines, planted in 2002, began to bear fruit, and well before Bill Price purchased the vineyard in 2013. Located in the wind-and-fog corridor of the Petaluma Gap, this vineyard rises up on a hillside heading toward Sonoma Mountain. Patz & Hall works with two blocks, where the soil is clay mixed with gravel and volcanic rock. Between the barrage of wind and the heavy clay, the wine presents itself with deep-set tannins, and though it’s challenging to approach when first opened, it’s clear that the dark red fruit and earthy intensity has plenty of stamina to sort itself out. With a day of air, the clarity of the fruit matches the energy of the tannins, predicting a long life ahead.
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard opens with notes of garrigue, forest floor and lavender over a core of warm cranberries and red currants. The concentrated, medium to full-bodied palate has a firm backbone of finely grained tannins supporting layers of red fruits and earth-inspired flavors, while the long mineral-laced finish offers great tension. (LPB) 92+
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