Menu

Petaluma Gap & Bennett Valley

The Petaluma Gap is located within the Sonoma Coast AVA. It's all about the wind. In cooler climates Pinot Noir develops all of the flavor and character possible. 

The daily weather pattern goes something like this: Early-to-mid-morning finds a distinctive crisp coolness and a blanket of fog. By late morning the sun has chased away the fog and the temperatures rise. By mid-afternoon, however, the cool breezes return, flowing west to east, picking up speed as the afternoon progresses and bringing in the almost nightly fog. There are daily temperature swings of forty to fifty degrees. This cooling “wind tunnel” effect means the vineyard yields are smaller and grapes ripen later, developing wonderful flavors and fruit characteristics, while maintaining ideal levels of acidity. It’s the perfect recipe for intense but well-balanced wines.

 

 

El Coro Vineyard

 

Parliament Hill Vineyard

 

Black Knight Vineyard