Wines & Vines
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
Clone 17 (Robert Young)
originated from source material obtained from the Robert Young Vineyard
in Alexander Valley whose budwood was obtained from the Wente Vineyard
in the 1960's. Clone 17 contributes tropical and floral aromatics,
medium weight and acidity.
Clone 95 is a certified French clone from ENTAV-INRA and is numbered as FPS 37 by UC Davis Foundation Plant Services. Clone 95 contributes lemon zest, peaches, pears and honey with medium to full body and fresh acidity.
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
Clone UCD 4,5,6 (Pommard)
is named after a village in Burgundy and was originally smuggled into
the US in the 1960's. Pommard exhibits intense dark fruit and sweet
cherry characters accompanied by mid palate complexity and a luxurious
mouthfeel from its velvety tannins.
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.
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 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.
We source 2-3 tons of Pinot Noir (Clone 115) from xx year old vines out of Block xx. We also use 2-3 tons of Chardonnay (Clone 17/Robert Young) from xx year old vines out of Block xx. Click here for the vineyard block map.
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.
We source 2-3 tons of Pinot Noir (Clone Pommard) from 15 year old vines out of Block 14. We also use 2-3 tons of Chardonnay (Clone 95) from 15 year old vines out of Block 12. Click here for the vineyard block map.