We are winemakers first, do-gooders second. We build relationships with top-notch growers with award-winning vineyards. The fruit used in the creation of our wine comes from the very best vineyards in the southern most region of the Sonoma Coast AVA known as the Petaluma Gap.
Like the 500,000 acres of the Sonoma Coast, the Petaluma Gap’s 200,000 acre region is characterized by it’s cool, Mediterranean climate. But unique from the remaining Sonoma Coast acreage is its 15-mile-wide break in the coastal range from Tomales Bay to Bodega Bay. This “gap” allows build up of heat in the inland valley to draw cooling coastal air from the Pacific Ocean down into the San Pablo Bay. The resulting daily wind and fog patterns give this subregion distinct growing conditions unlike the rest of the Sonoma Coast AVA.
Sangiacomo Family Vineyards
The Sangiacomo family has been farming in Sonoma County since the late 1920's and winegrowing since the late 1960's. The Sangiacomo's seek to produce the highest quality fruit with the lowest environmental impact possible. Below are the characteristics of the vineyards, blocks and locations from which we source the fruit for our wines.
The vineyard was first planted in 1998 and includes 14 different clone/rootstock combinations of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is a particularly cool site and is located a stones through away from Gap's Crown, another famous Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyard.
The vineyard was first planted in 2000 and includes 11 different clone/rootstock combinations of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. This site trends slightly warmer compared to Sangiacomo's Robert's Road Vineyard. Fedrick Vineyard is 3.5 miles away from Keller Estate.
The main wine varietals in our program are made from the Burgundian grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We will make wine from additional varieties that have proven to produce wines of exceptional quality in our cool conditions, such as Pinot Gris and Syrah. The quantities of each will be regulated by demand from the community.
Ultra-premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir still wines are rarely, if ever, blended with other varieties. In addition to a myriad winemaking techniques, complexity and balance are achieved through the combination of site characteristics and clonal variations within each variety. Below are brief descriptions of each grape variety and the clonal variations we leverage in our programs.
Chardonnay is a versatile white grape variety that can exhibit a wide range of flavors from green apple and citrus in cooler climates to tropical fruits in warmer regions. Wine styles range from lively, bracing and lean to round, buttery and full-bodied. Driven by our vineyard and clonal diversity, our Chardonnay strives for a blend of fresh apple, tropical fruit and floral aromatics with a perfect balance of bright acidity with a round mouth-feel and lingering finish.
Pinor Noir can produce a broad range of flavors and textures. Wines tend to be light to medium bodied/colored with aromas of red and black berry/cherry fruits. Cooler climate wines, such as ours from the Sonoma Coast, are lighter in style and emphasize subtly of flavors and elegance over the weight and power one finds in wines from warmer conditions. We aim to preserve Pinot Noir's sublime berry and floral aromas while achieving medium body and great length.