This sunny Chardonnay drips with vibrant flavors of green apple and luscious pear that shine through with a perfect touch of oak– this one is all about fresh fruit and refreshing crispness and balance. Casa Chardonnay is fermented in both barrels and stainless steel to capture the brightness of the fruit and to add length and balance to the wine.
Our winemaking style is a blend of classic and contemporary: contemporary equipment and meticulous processes paired with hands-on minimalistic winemaking techniques. Our philosophy is to produce wines that express the unique terroir from which they came, and our passion. The fruit and dirt lead the way. Our goal is to make honest wines.
We implement regenerative farming that focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, and enhancing our ecosystem to strengthen the health and vitality of our ranch and the planet. The ancient seabed of the San Pablo Bay is mineral-rich, with clay soils that define La Cruz Vineyard. This site is located in the lower portion of the Sonoma Hills close to the Petaluma River. Typical to this vineyard is a bright acidity. Planted are Wente, Clone 4, and the Dijon clones 15 and 17.
Appellation: Petaluma Gap
Harvest Date: September 16-20, 2019
Bottling Date: May 3-5, 2020
6x 2019 Casa Chardonnay, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County
12x 2019 Casa Chardonnay, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County
For over 30 years, this 650-acre ranch has been the home of Arturo and Deborah Keller. Beyond its beauty, history and charm was a potential for a world-class vineyard. After many years of producing grapes for various wineries, the Keller Estate label was born in 2000. Arturo’s daughter Ana, a biochemist, joined the team, eager to create the most exquisite wines for the estate. Today, they produce some of the best wines in the Sonoma Coast.
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Well I must’ve been busy hunting for Easter eggs on the last offer…Wine Enthusiast had this to say 12/1/20:
88 Points. Fleshy, rounded and influenced by oak, this approachable white is enjoyable fruit-forward and richly nuanced in brioche and butterscotch. It represents great value for the quality, vintage and appellation. VB
Labrat checking in!
Michelle got the email on Thursday, wine arrived on Friday. Put it in the fridge to chill.
A few hours later, pulled it out with dinner. Michelle thought it was too cold, and I would agree that there was little on the nose, maybe a light honeysuckle?, and medium to full body, but mostly oak on the palate. After 10 mins warming in the glass, still strong oak - toffee, and vanilla, but also a hint of orange blossom. Definitely was better with food. We were having terriyaki meatballs with rice pilaf and veg, and it went very well with the fattier components.
Oak for sure. I don’t dislike it. Maybe some honey?
Goes impressively well with teriyaki meatballs. Does NOT go well with hummus or raw carrots.
All in all, a fairly straight forward oaked chardonnay.