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2020 Whitehall Lane Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir
2020 Whitehall Lane Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir

Whitehall Lane
2020 Pinot Noir
, Petaluma Gap
Sonoma Stage Vineyard

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Juicy, yet sophisticated stuff, Calera, Swan, 115 and 667. The fruit is pumping.
14 months in French oak, bottled unfined, unfiltered. BOOM!

Layers of wild strawberry, baked cherry pie, anise, cherry lollipop, wild game, and spicebox. On the palate, black cherry jam couples with creme de cassis, mixed berry crisp, rhubarb, and a touch of vanilla. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, with a textured, round mouthfeel and long-structured finish.

Insanely good! This gorgeous terroir-driven Pinot Noir is drinking exceptionally well now and will cellar another 5+ years, if you can keep your hands off it.
You'll want to grab as much of this as you possibly can!


The Petaluma Gap AVA is one of the newest grape growing regions in California. The region is known for its naturally formed 15-mile-wide "gap" in the coastal range mountains that pulls cool coastal air in when the inland valley air heats up. The wind comes in from the ocean off Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, bottlenecks as it goes through the gap, building up speed, and empties into the San Francisco Bay.  It consistently produces powerful, concentrated Pinot in the New World-style. The Petaluma Gap moderates warm spells in the summer and fall, and enables the fruit to hang into late September and October for optimal ripening and balance.


The Pinot Noir harvested from the Sonoma Stage Vineyard are Calera, Swan, 115, and 667 clones. Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, grapes were carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation.  The grapes were cold-soaked in tank at 45°F for 4-7 days, allowing for increased color, aroma, and flavor extraction.  After inoculation with a select yeast, the grape must (juice, skins, and seeds) fermented at 82°F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins. For fermentation cap management, the juice was pumped over the skins two times per day, wetting the cap evenly for a nice healthy fermentation. This small lot was aged in French oak barrels (35% new) for 14 months and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.


The 2020 vintage in the Petaluma Gap AVA was considered a warmer season than usual for a cool grape growing appellation. Bud break began in early March, leading to a Spring that had few showers and was relatively dry. Summer was also quite warm and long, leading into a steady Autumn harvest season. This consistent weather encouraged Pinot Noir grapes to ripen into early October.

Winemaker: Jason Moulton
Vintage:  2020
Appellation:  Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Valley
Vineyard:  Sonoma Stage Vineyard
Varietal Composition:  100% Pinot Noir (Calera, Swan, 115 and 667 clones)
Aging: 35% new French oak, 14 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered
Alcohol: 14%

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