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‘La Cruz Vineyard’ Pinot Noir ~ Petaluma Gap ~ Keller Estate
Over 30 years ago, the Keller family began producing organically farmed Estate wine to capture the distinct soil, topography, and climate our property. This terroir-driven philosophy enables us to guide the process from vine to bottle, creating beautifully
balanced and expressive wines with a true sense of place.
The 2019 vintage was vastly characterized by a series of
environmental challenges, putting vineyard crews and winemakers
to the test. The season started with record-breaking rainfall and
flooding leading to a relatively cool spring, slightly delaying bud
break with harvest time trending well into September. Hefty rain
in May luckily did not cause disruption in yields since flowering had not yet begun in the majority of the vineyards. Average, stable temperatures throughout the summer lead to a friendly, steady grape development with perfect balances of acid and sugar.
Come harvest, we were met with a curveball of extreme spikes in temperature and fire hazards, calling for strategic and innovative
picking decisions. This historic season, accompanied by our team’s intelligent decision-making, leads to incredibly complex, dynamic wines that, much like the season, are historical.
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Aromas: Allspice, Chamomile tea, Pomegranate, Strawberry and Forest Notes.