2005 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 color. This wine shows hints of anise, vanilla bean, currant, and ripe cherries on the nose. Hints of cherry and vanilla bean carry through the silky, yet rich wine. Firm tannins and good acidity make this wine a candidate for extended aging, while also pleasing the impatient connoisseur. Drink now through 2016 - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director