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2016 Keller "El Coro Vineyard" Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir

SKU #1489436 91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A vibrant red, with fresh acidity supporting the crisp red fruit and spice flavors, showing some forest floor notes in the mix. The juicy finish reveals a creamy texture. (KM) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From a 20-acre block of the producer's property, and at its highest elevation, this wine offers ash, stemmy bark and forest notes up front. Cherry, orange and blackberry round out a midpalate of smooth, approachable richness with lingering oak. (VB) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

K&L Notes

Wondering where's the Petaluma Gap? Or just, what's a gap? Most American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in California seem to be named after a valley, (you've heard of Napa, Sonoma, Santa Maria, no doubt) or even a coast — like the Sonoma Coast. The Gap in question, established as an AVA in 2018, is named after a topographical feature — a gap in the moderately high hills of the Sonoma Coast before the elevations rise again to the south, culminating in Mt. Tamalpais, which provides a bird's eye view above San Francisco Bay. The hills are just high enough to block a shallow marine layer in the summer, but into the valley through the Gap rushes cool wind and fog — ideal ingredients for raising cool-climate Pinot Noir and other varietals, in California conditions. The region bumps up against the cooler, southern reach of the Russian River Valley, and the western edge of Los Carneros, which can be milder than the Petaluma Gap. Keller Estate has been making intense Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah in the hills above the Petaluma River since the 1990s. With its high elevation, the El Coro Vineyard is particularly affected by the cool breezes and produces distinctive Pinot Noir with elegant aromatics, dark fruit and bright acidity. The wine shows an array of red fruits with fine-grained tannin that has mellowed and integrated nicely. It is slightly weightier on the palate than you might expect, and strikes a perfect balance of rich, luscious fruits and vibrant acidity.


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