2019 CASA Chardonnay Petaluma Gap

CASA Chardonnay Petaluma Gap

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Casa is Keller Estate’s new second label that happens to be sourced entirely from their prized La Cruz vineyard in the Petaluma Gap AVA in Sonoma County. Casa is home in Spanish, and the Petaluma Gap is where Keller Estate has proudly made its home for over 20 years. And because it’s so affordable and food-friendly, Casa Chardonnay is also a wine that’s eminently suited for drinking in our homes. Though it sees a bit of oak before release, Casa exudes all the character of a beautiful unwooded Chardonnay. The nose expresses fresh garden pears, accented with white blossoms, while the palate offers a full-bodied rush of grapefruit citrus, green apple and a bare hint of pineapple wrapped in a creamy texture. At the table, Casa Chardonnay would pair well with salmon or halibut or even roast chicken and pork dishes. 


Winery Description

Pinot Noir and Petaluma. 40 years ago, the received wisdom was that California Pinot Noir would never achieve the subtle brilliance of Burgundy and that Petaluma, home to dairy and chicken farmers, was far too cold for vineyards. Funny how things change. Indeed, California Pinots get better each year, and Petaluma may one day soon produce the very best. And that future may not be far off if the young Keller Estate continues down the path it is following.

 Keller Estate produces estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (as well as Syrah and Pinot Gris) on a 650-acre property located southeast of Petaluma – near the borderline of the Sonoma Coast and Carneros AVAs. In these rolling hills, cooled by the fog that blows in through the Petaluma Gap as well as from San Pablo Bay, early ripening, “cool climate” grapes are the obvious choice. In the early 1980s, Arturo Keller, an auto engineer from Mexico, and his family founded the estate. They planted vineyards but sold the first vintages of Chardonnay to other wineries. Impressed by the quality of their fruit, they began making wine under their own label from 2000. Today every detail in the vineyards and winery is overseen by Arturo’s daughter, Ana, a trained bio-chemist.

 Keller Estate’s vineyards are planted in soils that show all the complexity of being a former seabed. The complexity of the wines is enhanced further by the 9 different clones of Pinot Noir, 4 clones of Chardonnay, and 2 clones of Syrah planted in the vineyards. The wines are crafted carefully and naturally in a stunning gravity-flow winery. 

But the key to understanding Keller Estate’s wines is their extreme cool-climate location. Though many vineyard areas in Sonoma and Napa Counties are cooled by fog and ocean breezes, in the Petaluma Gap the fog rolls in a bit earlier and out later; the temperature drops so rapidly, the grapes retain much more crisp acidity even as they ripen and develop rich, fruit flavors. Currently, the Petaluma Gap is within the Sonoma Coast AVA. But if the Kellers and other winegrowers continue to demonstrate the uniqueness of the microclimate and soils, it may become one in the future.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Petaluma Gap (Sonoma)
Winery Keller
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 29.5
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code KE19CAC
UPC 662235131333

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Tasting notes

Aromas of fresh pears and white floral notes precede a full-bodied palate of refreshing citrus, grapefruit pith, and green apple. A creamy texture leads to a long, fresh finish. 



Fermented and aged in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. 

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