GAP’S CROWN VINEYARD
Gap’s Crown Vineyard, situated on Sonoma Mountain’s western slope in Penngrove, east of Rohnert Park, was originally part of the Sonoma Coast AVA but now belongs to the newly established Petaluma Gap AVA. This new AVA is characterized by afternoon wind and fog that enter through a wind gap in the coastal mountain range, extending from Bodega Bay in the Pacific Ocean to San Pablo Bay, via Petaluma.
The vineyard has a gentle slope and southwest-facing vines at elevations between 320 and 820 feet, exposing it to maritime influences. Careful planting ensures that most vines are above the fog line for even sunlight exposure during the final ripening stages. A lingering fog pocket near the vineyard at the end of the growing season enables the grapes to gradually achieve sugar and phenolic ripeness in harmony.
Only 100-150 cases are produced annually.