Lot #67 THREE STICKS WINES
Gap's Crown Vineyard
- Sonoma Coast
ABOUT THE WINE:
“Single 667” refers to a single Dijon clone of Pinot Noir-667, known for its small berries and seductive hue, that has been blended from two unique blocks from Gap’s Crown Vineyard. This is the ninth vintage of Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir produced by Three Sticks since proprietor Bill Price III acquired the vineyard back in 2013. When asked why he chose this particular vineyard, Bill said, “I’d seen the quality of the fruit. It was a perfect fit for our portfolio.” Years later, the winemaking team is still swooning over this wind-swept site and the exceptional wines it produces.
The 406-acre Gap’s Crown Vineyard has become one of the most well-known vineyards of the Sonoma Coast, consistently producing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of distinction. Located on the western slope of Sonoma Mountain and in a direct line with the break in the coastal mountains called the Petaluma Gap, this unique site allows for near-perfect ripening conditions with a combination of wind and fog that is almost always present. 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.
When crafting this wine, Winemaker Ryan Prichard fermented a combination of destemmed berries and whole clusters in dairy tanks with four punchdowns per day. To showcase the pure expression of this clone, this wine was aged in a custom blend of cooperage. Clone 667 has an earthiness to it that, depending on the site, can express itself with more savory characteristics, but this vintage shows the beautiful deeper boysenberry fruit that 667 can develop at Gap’s Crown. The 2021 growing season was prolific, providing a wonderful opportunity to delve into the unique qualities of this clone and how it manifests itself at this site.
WINEMAKER(S): Ryan Prichard
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: January 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: August 2023
National Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, LA, MD, MA, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY
International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.