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Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Limited production wines by mother-and-daughter duo Rickey Trombetta Stancliff and Erica Stancliff. Clones of Pinot Noir are selected that exemplify the rich minerality, soils and cool weather of the Sonoma Coast, resulting in a beautifully balanced wine, enhancing every meal. Each and every bottle has been hand harvested and hand produced.

Dark ruby in color. Aromas of vanilla, cola, dark ripe blueberry, blackberry, cooking spices (clove) and ripe black cherry. Flavors of pepper spice, bright blueberry, blackberry, fig, with silky tannins and a long, luxurious finish.

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WE 94
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A fuller, more concentrated version of the variety from a highly sought-after vineyard, this youthful wine offers a grippy tightness, savory in tea, tobacco and a touch of tomato leaf. Along the way, juicy blueberry and blackberry enter the picture, finished in black peppery spice. Cellar through 2023.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
A most complex and appealing wine from the Sonoma Coast, the 2013 Trombetta Family Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir shows an incredible range of nuances—cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, anise, black pepper, wild leaves, and earth. Not your everyday, artisan Pinot Noir that is sometimes more middle-of-the-road and prototypical of the grape variety in the marketplace—this wine has a mind of its own, and it is pretty unique, somewhat wild and with its untamed nuances. Pair it with a mildly seasoned lamb stew and experience a pure taste of the Sonoma Coast AVA. (Tasted: August 14, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
TP 93
Tasting Panel
Lush and polished with deep flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry with fine structure; long and quite lovely.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Their third offering, the 2013 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard from the Sonoma Coast ratchets up the level of intensity, especially with the forest floor component, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, medium to full body, and a long, rich, pure finish. Like its sibling, this is a serious Pinot Noir, very impressively crafted, and ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.
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Trombetta, California
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Trombetta Family Wines is based in Forestville, California, in the heart of the cool-climate Petaluma Gap sub-region of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The wines are produced by the dynamic mother/daughter team of Rickey Trombetta Stancliff and Erica Stancliff.

Since their debut with the 2010 vintage, the Trombetta bottlings exhibit the vintners’ unmistakable emphasis on making wines to accompany food. The label sprang from a serious passion with home gardening that merged with some inspired home-winemaking efforts, the winery’s focus is on producing balanced wines that reflect their vineyard source and that perfectly accompany food.

The Trombetta wines show well upon release, but we recommend cellaring our releases for a year or two, just to give them a little time to evolve further.

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Sonoma Coast

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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