From the Vineyard
PETALUMA GAP is defined by its unique wind and fog conditions and their effect on the vines, the Petaluma Gap was designated on December 7, 2017, as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). Petaluma Gap is a geographical region in Sonoma County, California which extends in form of a band from the Pacific Ocean to San Pablo Bay. The western edge of the gap is located on the lower-level coast between Bodega and Tomales Bay, whereas the eastern edge of the gap sits at the mouth of the Petaluma River at San Pablo Bay. The city of Petaluma is nestled near the center of the gap.
SUN CHASE VINEYARD is located between 900-1400 feet above sea level, 22 miles off the Pacific Ocean and 17 miles off San Pablo Bay. Composed of Rocky Raynor clay soils and slope diversity that give way to an array of microclimates within the vineyard, making it unique.
The beginning of the 2019 growing season was defined by copious rainfall and late soil moisture. Winter precipitation and cool temperatures helped preserve soil moisture throughout the spring. The long, warm summer saw very few extreme heat events. Foggy mornings and cool nights allowed grapes to ripen slowly and develop their phenolics gradually on the vine, setting the stage for a vibrant and expressive vintage. Because of an extended cool growing season, grapes ripened with lower sugar levels, giving our 2019 INSPIRACIONES full flavors, fresh acidity, and superb balance.