Gap’s Crown Vineyard

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Gap’s Crown Vineyard

Acquired by Bill Price in January of 2013, our 406-acre Gap’s Crown Vineyard has become one of the most iconic vineyards of the Sonoma Coast, consistently producing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of distinction. Located on the western slope of Sonoma Mountain known as the Petaluma Gap, this unique site allows for near-perfect ripening conditions with a combination of wind and fog that is almost always present.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard: Location

Gap’s Crown Vineyard rises up Sonoma Mountain on the western slopes. This side of the mountain gets battered with wind and fog that tunnel in through the Petaluma Gap. Established on a relatively steep hillside, the grapes have an ideal position, facing southwest to capture full sun while getting long hangtime that allows for phenolic ripeness.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard: History

Gap’s Crown was first planted in 2002, with a second phase completed in 2007. The site was acquired by Bill Price in the beginning of 2013. When asked why he chose this particular vineyard, Bill says, “I’ve seen the quality of the fruit. It was a perfect fit for our portfolio.” Years later we are still swooning over this wind-swept hillside and the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays it produces.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard: Terroir

Gap’s Crown Vineyard is on the western side of Sonoma Mountain and slopes up from 300ft to 800ft. The well-drained soil is predominately loam and clay loam. Gap’s Crown is situated in an area of Sonoma County known as the Petaluma Gap, one of the newest AVAs. These rolling hills enjoy the cooling effects of both wind and fog plus a spectacularly sweeping western exposure.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard: Chardonnay

Mineral characteristics shine through these robust and exceptionally pretty Chardonnays. Our aging regimen on the lees provides a delicate backbone, while the structure and weight continue through to the lingering finish. It is about brightness and energy year after year for these Gap’s Crown Chardonnays.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard: Stats

AVA: Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap
Elevation: 320’ – 820’
Soils: Rocky and well-drained; mostly Goulding-Toomes Complex; smaller areas of Diablo and Raynor series Gray
Varietals: 106 acres Pinot Noir, 32 acres Chardonnay
Clones: PN: Swan, 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, Rochioli; CH: 76, 124
Acres: 400 total; 130 planted


Gap’s Crown Vineyard: Wine List

– Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir
– Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay