Sojourn Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The highly coveted Gap's Crown vineyard lies in the foothills of the northern Petaluma Gap. For the 2009 vintage we blended Pinot noir clones 115 and 828, while also incorporating some whole-cluster fermentation. The result is a bold, concentrated wine with a velvety hue, dark fruit aromas, and hints of baking spice. In the mouth, supple tannins lead to a long, lingering finish.
"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, cpmplex dark cherry aromas with spice and dustry notes; ripe, complex dark cherry with cinnamon and pie spice notes; silky texture, sweet oak; great structure and balance; long finish. Very tight now but also full of flavor and potential--needs time in the bottle. "
"An up-and-coming hillside vineyard seen more and more in
Sonoma is the Gap’s Crown Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast.
The 2009 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard, made from
some whole clusters, is one of the deeper, more saturated rubycolored Pinot Noirs from Sojourn. Very Burgundian, with
deep raspberry, forest floor, and black cherry fruit as well as
hints of earth and mineral, there is a sense of spring flowers as
well in this complex, deep, rich, full-bodied Pinot Noir, which
is stunning. It has loads of black and red fruits, and to me is
the most complex of the Pinot Noirs in the Sojourn Cellars
portfolio. It is also a blend of the more modern clones, 113,
114 and 828. Already drinking well, with lots of complexity, it
should continue to do so for 7-8 more years.
The Wine Advocate
"Firm and concentrated, with complex dried berry, sage, fresh earth, forest floor, underbrush, anise and cedar notes, tightly bound but increasingly expansive and complex as the finish unfolds. Drink now through 2018."
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Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
We source fruit from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, and we help direct farming operations to assure that our grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. We consistently produce...
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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
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