2007 Sojourn Cellars "Gaps Crown" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1046126 95 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully crafted, ripe and juicy, with richly flavored blackberry and wild berry, sweet cherry, floral, anise and subtle herbal sage touches that are full-bodied, complex and long on the finish. Drink now through 2015.  (6/ 2009)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This precise, very well-focused youngster exhibits a wealth of juicy, cherry-like fruit and is at the same time marked by a fine sense of vitality. It is fairly full-bodied and yet firmed by streak of vibrant acidity that lends a touch of tartness to its lengthy finish. If an attractive wine that will serve well early on with medallions of pork napped in creamy sauces, it needs a bit of age before hitting full stride and comes with urgings for a few years of time in the cellar.  (6/ 2009)

K&L Notes

96 points in the Pinot Report: "Medium-deep ruby color; deep, slightly closed. Complex red cherry and raspberry aromas; rich ripe cherry flavors. Spice and cinnamon notes; silky texture, sweet oak; great structure and balance; long finish. Very deep and complex Pinot that already has layers and layers of flavor. A great statement of the quality of this new vineyard." (01/09) The Gaps Crown Vineyard is pure excitement in a glass. The vineyard is located in the west-facing slopes of Sonoma Mountain, where the high winds and cool fog of the Petaluma Gap exert their influence. With this cooling influence, it would seem that this wine is destined for restraint; instead the wine is loaded with black cherry, wild raspberries, clove and cinnamon. The Gaps Crown is deep and long on the palate filled with complexities. In 2008, Kosta Browne will release their own Gaps Crown as a single vineyard, why wait when you can stay ahead of the curve with Sojourn Cellars. (Keith Mabry, K&L Wine Merchants)

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).