2011 Sojourn "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1132466 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Another successful 2011 from this winery, in fact the best of their six new Pinots. Shows the brilliant acidity and light, delicate texture of the coast, with the concentrated fruit, cola and spice flavors this esteemed vineyard is noted for. Highly complex and dry, it's delicious to drink now, and should age well for a good six years.  (10/2013)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Marginally riper and a bit more ambitious than its two partners, the Gap's Crown Pinot makes Sojourn's efforts in 2011 a clean sweep of success. Although slightly bigger, it is no simple study in ripeness, and its deep, well-defined, long-lasting flavors are fixed first on fruit. It is very well-balanced with a firm streak of acidity that, if anything, provides a bit too much stiffening just now, and we do not see the wine hitting full stride for another few years at the least.  (6/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Pungent, sexy aromas of blackberry, mulberry, Indian spices and candied rose. Appealingly sweet and spicy, with a lush, velvety texture and very good depth to its cherry-cola and dark berry flavors. Shows supple tannins on the spicy, very long finish, with the cola and floral notes repeating. (ST)  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

Gap's Crown sits on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain at elevations between 300 and 800 feet, a prime target for the natural "air conditioning" breeze and fog that come in off the ocean, and through the Petaluma Gap, nearly every afternoon. From the Pinot Report: "95 points. Deep ruby color; very complex, deep herb and cherry aromas; complex and very deep, mouthfilling cherry flavors with rich, Asian spice notes and sweet oak; great structure and balance; long finish. Incredibly deep and layered; delicious now but will definitely reward some age."

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2013 | Send Email
The “Gap’s Crown” Pinot Noir leans more on the darker side of pinot. Dark purple in color, this wine shows almost a blueberry-like fruit quality, hints of grilled meats, bacon and spice. Although dark in color and flavors, still this wine shows finesse and balance.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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).