2015 Keller Estate "La Cruz Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Elsewhere $40) SKU #1424853

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K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "La Cruz Chardonnay is a classic Burgundian style Chardonnay, fermented in barrel with native yeasts and aged sur lie. Keller Estate produces wines exclusively from the fruit that we grow on our family property. Located in the Petaluma Gap AVA, our estate is very well suited for Chardonnay; our climate is mild with winds blowing through from the nearby Pacific Ocean. Our La Cruz Vineyard produces distinct, fruit forward wines with bright acidity and rich minerality, a signature of our clay soils. We have 3 different vineyard sections planted to Chardonnay. Block 6 was planted in 1998 to Wente Clone, widely known for its small berries, and floral aromatic qualities, makes the backbone of our Oro de Plata. A second block is planted to Robert Young clones, adding a rich, broad texture to the wine. Block 5, planted with clone 4 in 1989, is the oldest vineyard provides structure and bracing acidity, along with bright apple and pear flavors. The purpose is to produce wines that showcase the diversity of the estate. Our three blocks and extensive clonal diversity give us a wider palate of aromas and flavors upon which we can create layers."

Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Long one of my favorite whites from the Sonoma Coast, it had been some time since I had seen the Keller Estate on our shelves. Not only am I happy to have it back, but right now it is half the price for what I used to pay for it. I tasted a bottle recently and what a pleasure! Gorgeous Pippin apple notes on the nose followed by butter poached pears, the palate was really humming with notes of tropical fruit and peaches. This has great structure, is harmonious and drinking perfectly right now.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I felt this wine was a bit of a throwback style without the overwhelming oak of the last century. The nose is a bit restrained but it is full throttle on the palate, a luscious, fleshy, full-bodied Chardonnay that does have a clean finish as the acid pops up and lifts it in the end. All and all for an under $20 Chardonnay you're getting a lot of meat on the bone here without the annoyance of being overly oaked. Solid wine for the price point.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a fun little Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast earning 94 points from Wine Enthusiast. It comes out rich, but not overly oaked. On the nose there's a touch of butter, medium oak spice, and lemon curd. On the palate there's a lot more spice, but without becoming overly woody. It retains its richness, but this is balanced with good citrus acidity.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    A stunning deal on this Chardonnay. Big, rich, and full of brioche notes, peach, and lychee. This is a stand-out big fruit chardonnay with great depth and weight, and will deliver for anyone looking for big Chardonnay at a killer price.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Probably the best value California Chardonnay in the store right now. This stunning bottle from Keller Estate is just singing. Full of ripe, golden stone fruits, baked pears and brioche. The vineyard's position in the Petaluma wind gap means that cooling sea breezes turn on like clockwork and preserve a lovely freshness and vibrancy in the wine that balances the ripe fruit. La Cruz vineyard's ancient seabed, clay rich soils impart a lingering mineral component that add complexity and persistence to the finish. Our one-time, super low pricing makes this a top pick that is sure to blow out fast.
    Top Value!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    The Keller Estate is a long established vineyard site in the Petaluma Gap. I've always found the site to hit that perfect balance of expressive fruit, chalky minerality, and refreshing acidity. I loved these vineyards so much I purchased fruit from here when making wine under my own label. This offering from the "La Cruz Vineyard" hits all the right notes for me and I think far exceeds its price point. This is great California Chardonnay.
    Top Value!


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