2019 Petaluma Gap Syrah is the most pure and concentrated wines we’ve made from our site. A tremendous vintage, 2019 was a perfect growing season. Mild fall temperatures allowed us to pick at a relaxed pace with low sugars and full phenolic ripeness. Classic Syrah aromatics of lavender, fennel, violets, and white pepper burst from the glass. Vibrant on the palate with a dense core, the wine offers a full spectrum of red and black fruits while time in the glass reveals savory notes of olive, cracked pepper, and game. Whole cluster tannins create tension and lift, as the long finish is driven by earth tones and a saline minerality. As always, our Petaluma Gap Syrah is farmed organically and by just the two of us. 100% native fermentation, no additions, bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal effective SO2.
96 John Gilman, View from the Cellar
“The Petaluma Gap bottling from Model Farm is from the family’s “estate” vineyard, on which they started their project with a long-term lease back in 2013. Sean and Joanna farm this cool, two acre parcel of syrah organically. The 2019 version is absolutely stunning, coming in at an even thirteen percent alcohol, having been one hundred percent whole cluster and raised entirely in four used French casks. The bouquet shows plenty of youthful spiciness from the stems, soaring from the glass in a very complex blend of cassis, black raspberries, black olive, gorgeous spice tones, smoked meats, dark soil tones, lavender, pepper and a touch of black tea in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, complex and full-bodied, with a beautiful core of fruit, stunning mineral drive, ripe, firm tannins and a long, tangy and superbly balanced finish. While this wine is loaded with complexity and personality, it is stunningly light on its feet and so transparent down to its underlying soil tones. This is the finest wine I have yet tasted from Sean Castorani and Joanna Wells (and I have been a fan since the very first sample bottle that the couple sent me)! 2033-2075+.