Cool climate and relatively high rainfall are the general ecological features shared by all vineyards within the Sonoma Coast AVA. These factors contribute to slow grape maturation, with optimum ripeness coinciding with the very end of the growing season -- ideal conditions for Pinot Noir. The appellation stretches as far south as San Pablo Bay, right up to the Mendocino County line. Its broad boundaries overlap a number of other Sonoma AVAs and sub-AVAs. They also include some Sonoma shoreline vineyards, previously outside any other viticultural area. We will produce up to two vineyard designate wines (Gap’s Crown Vineyard and Redwood Vista Vineyard) from the Sonoma Coast and a Sonoma Coast blend.
Gap’s Crown® is nestled on the western hillside of Sonoma Mountain leaving it exposed to the cool ocean breezes that funnel through the Petaluma wind gap throughout the growing season. This southern section of the Sonoma Coast AVA is emerging as a truly unique environment to grow Pinot Noir. The blocks at Gap’s Crown® are planted between 320’ and 820’ above sea level and are predominantly situated on Goulding-Toomes Complex soil.
ex·pres·sion / (ik-‘spre-sh?n)
1: an act, process, or instance of representing in a medium
(a): something that manifests, embodies, or symbolizes something else
2: great pinot noir! (see below)
Pinot Noir is notoriously fickle, but can be brilliant when grown in the right terroir. Expression Wines represent a commitment to producing the finest Pinot Noir from the best sub-appellations on the West Coast. Based on this, Expression is able to produce the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
Our vineyards at different latitudes represent different ‘Expressions’ of great Pinot Noir and our winemaker, Patrick Mahaney, is dedicated to crafting only the best wines from each region. Our winegrowing regions include the Santa Rita Hills (34°), the Sonoma Coast (38°), the Anderson Valley (39°), and the Eola-Amity Hills (44°) of Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Our goal is to showcase both the ‘Grand-Cru’ vineyards and the terroir of each sub-appellation. Each vintage, we will be bringing to you our finest blends from each latitude as well as small single vineyard designate lots that represent the best of what our vineyards can deliver!