Modus Operandi Cellars, Petaluma Gap (Sonoma County, California) Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard 2021

($85):  Judging from the two Pinot Noir and one Cabernet Sauvignon that I tasted, Modus Operandi favors a bold style of wine.  Savory nuances add balance to this ripe,15 percent stated-alcohol, black-fruited beauty.  Despite the savory notes, it comes across as slightly riper and bolder than their Vicarious bottling.  A plush texture makes it easy to enjoy now for those who favor a richer style of Pinot Noir.  Like their “Vicarious” bottling, this one from Gap’s Crown Vineyard finishes with a hint of sweetness.  It would be a good foil for a hearty stew.
90 Michael Apstein Mar 28, 2023