We have long admired the starkly gorgeous landscape of Sonoma County’s Petaluma Gap, even moreso since purchasing land there in 2012. In 2014 I had an opportunity to buy a small amount of Pinot Noir from a tiny vineyard 7 miles away, on Liberty Road in Petaluma. Meticulously farmed by Deb Mayo of Petite Abielle, I jumped at the chance — an opportunity to make our first Petaluma Gap wine, to begin the journey of understanding this windy, foggy land just 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean.
This spring we are releasing that wine, our 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, to club members. A warmer than average year in the gap, this wine is lip-smacking, expansive, and inviting. There are hints of forest floor and mushroom within the cherry aromas that remind me of the scents coming off the land as the fog lifts in the morning. There is an electricity to the finish not unlike the snap in the air as the marine layer resettles toward evening.
On the label is a majestic coastal oak which lives on our land and serves as inspiration and monkey bars for our family. We can think of no more fitting ambassador for this beguiling region.
Club members may re-order this wine at a fantastic price on our market place page through Memorial Day, 2016