Our newest of the Capiaux single vineyard selections, the Gap's Crown vineyard is located in the cool and windy Petaluma Gap in southwestern Sonoma County. 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. Many of the vines also sit above the fog level, which benefits ripening. - Winery
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The 2012 Pinot Noir Gaps Crown is one of the darker, more virile wines in this range. Red and purple leaning fruit, smoke, game, leather and spices are some of the many notes that flesh out in Sean Capiaux's Pinot Noir Gaps Crown. The 2012 is rich and expansive to the core, but with no sense at all about heaviness. -- Antonio Galloni - Vinous 94 Points
The elegant 2012 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard, a site that is widely utilized by a number of producers, exhibits ripe raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with loamy soil undertones, terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and a velvety-textured, zesty finish. It reminds me of an outstanding premier cru from the Côte de Beaune. Drink now-2023. - Robert Parker 89 Points
(15.5% alcohol; 50% new oak): Dark red with ruby highlights. Slightly roasted aromas of musky plum, raspberry, chocolate and underbrush. Rich and deep but a bit chunky, showing plenty of pinot red berries but coming across as outsized and a bit warm. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and a slightly dry edge. An exaggerated style of pinot. This vineyard has had four owners in the past four years, according to Capiaux. - Stephen Tanzer 88 Points?