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Before planting the vineyards, we studied our 650-acre Petaluma ranch to assess its composition. We looked at the soils, slopes and microclimates and determined that there were two main areas to develop. The majority of the La Cruz Vineyard, where we grow all of our Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Gris, and slightly over half of our Pinot Noir, resides on the lower hills of the property. The soils here are multi-layered, mineral-ladened clays that were once San Pablo Bay sea beds. This mineral character comes through in all of the wines and is very much a part of Keller Estate’s unique terroir.
Our 20-acre El Coro block was planted with seven different clones of Pinot Noir. The vineyard sits high on the ridge-top where the vines are more exposed to the winds that bring the Pacific maritime air and fog through the Petaluma Gap. The terroir is defined by a thin loamy-clay with a volcanic subsoil. The Pinot Noirs from the El Coro block are very expressive, with beautiful aromatics and great structure that shine through.