2006 La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir

The La Cruz Vineyard is the showpiece of the beautiful Keller Estate on the eastern edge of the Sonoma Coast Appellation near Carneros. Successful automotive industry supplier Arturo Keller and his daughter Ana planted their first vineyard on the property in 1989 and have painstakingly expanded their vineyard focusing on three ideally suited varietals for the Estate: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.

 

This full-bodied Pinot Noir starts with aromas of cherry,pomegranate and orange complemented by notes of leather, tobacco and minerals. Rich cherry and hints of cranberry flavors are layered with vanilla and cocoa. This wine has beautiful acidity and elegant tannins, which allow it to both shine at release as well as age gracefully while gaining complexity.

 

TASTING NOTES: Dark red hue. There are opulent scents of black pepper, cherry, vanilla bean, and currant in this Sonoma Coast offering. Upon taste, this wine shows flavors of cherry, anise, and blueberry. Silky tannins and plush acidity make this Pinot Noir quite hedonistic young, while offering some extended cellaring potential. This wine has a smooth, lingering finish that is typical of the La Cruz vineyard. Enjoy now through 2013.