2018 Chateau St. Jean Gaps Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
14 months in French Oak
Ruby red and begging to be scrutinized, the Gap’s Crown Pinot noir leaps out of the glass with bright red notes of cranberry, crushed cherry, ripe pomegranate and raspberry. Deeper notes of cola and cloves reveal after spending some time in the glass.
The stunningly beautiful Gap’s Crown vineyard is located on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap and ranges in elevation from 300’ to 840’. The vineyard is heavily influenced by cool ocean breezes and a natural fog pocket that stalls over the vineyard.
A near perfect season, welcomed after several tense vintages, began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather that allowed for even flowering and bud break. The slightly later start was followed by consistently ideal weather.
The Pinot Noir grapes were handled very gently from vineyard to winery. Fruit underwent a three-day cold soak prior to fermentation. Free run juice was drained and the new wine sent directly to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 14 months in French oak before being assembled, bottled and allowed an additional six months of age before release.