Pinot Noir ‘Gap’s Crown Vineyard’, Kosta Browne Winery
First planted in 2002, Gap’s Crown includes 106 acres of Pinot Noir and 32 acres of Chardonnay and is located in the cool and windy Petaluma Gap in southwestern Sonoma County. A section of about 37 planted acres will be leased to Kosta Browne, allowing the Sebastopol winery to launch an estate-vineyard program.
Located in the foothills of the Sonoma Mountain, east of Rohnert Park, the vineyard offers a variety of soil types at elevations ranging from 300 to 800 feet above sea level. “It doesn’t get pounded by cold air,” which is typical in the often gusty Petaluma Gap. Many of the vines also sit above the fog level, which benefits ripening. “It’s kind of a magic mix,” “The vineyard produces some pretty intense fruit.”-KB