Originally proposed in 2015, but held in limbo for final approval due to a moratorium on approvals by the Trump administration, the Petaluma Gap AVA was finally made official yesterday. This is a unique AVA as the major defining character of the regional extension is based on the wind and its constant speed of at least 8 miles per hour through the region. Another interesting aspect of the area is that it gives Marin County a more specific designation for labels than simply using the County designation.
This is an area generally focused on Pinot Noir, with smaller amounts of Chardonnay, and even smaller amounts of other varietals. For fans of Pinot Noir, the grapes from this area are defined by thicker skins but also a longer, and thus slower ripening, growing season - everything great Pinot Noir loves. The wines from here are flavor driven, with great core fruit and long lasting flavors.
Smaller and more defined than the Sonoma Coast AVA, which many feel is a regional designation made for larger producers rather than focused wines, the Petaluma Gap AVA has a limited number of growers with about 2000 acres in Marin, currently planted. There are a number of well established wineries that pull fruit from the broader region - much of it overlapping with Sonoma Coast AVA and even Carneros AVA. With the new designation approval though, it looks like there is plenty of room to possibly grow and help establish this region's identity.
For the complete application and regulations of the AVA - click on this link here.
You can also check out the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Association website here.
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