Today, it was announced that the Petaluma Gap, the gateway to the Sonoma Coast wine growing region, has been established as an AVA after final approval by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Board.
This is wonderful news for Adobe Road Winery. “We’re thrilled to be able to highlight our hometown Petaluma Gap grapes and to showcase it in our bottles,” says Adobe Road winemaker Garrett Martin. “This is a huge step forward for this incredible growing region.” The Petaluma Gap AVA extends across the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA and into northern Marin County. Daily fog and wind patterns cool the vineyards throughout the growing season, yielding fruit that is balanced and nuanced with complex flavors and natural acidity.
By including the new Petaluma Gap AVA on labels, Adobe Road and other Gap vintners will be able to share very precise information about producers and vineyards with consumers, right on the bottle, rather than the much broader Sonoma County appellation. And this is vitally important for marketing and visibility. The newly designated Petaluma Gap AVA is one of the richest regions in California for growing premium pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah grapes. The area’s wind and fog are the Gap’s hallmark and the region as a stellar 150 year history of growing grapes. “We love the unique aspects of the topography and the wind influence on the vines,” Martin relates. “This creates vines with richer texture and deeper complexity.
That rich texture and deep complexity were certainly displayed in our 2015 Adobe Road Winery Pinot Noir - Sangiacomo Vineyard, Roberts Road, which garnered 91 a 91 point score from Robert Parker. Stay tuned -- our 2016 vintage will be released soon. But that’s not all. Adobe Road fans will be able to enjoy Gap produced syrah and cabernet sauvignon in the future.
Congratulations to the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. We’re excited to be able to promote and showcase our beautiful wines from the Gap.