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Keller Estate Syrah Sonoma Coast la Cruz Vineyard 2004

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The aromas are classic Syrah: blackberry jam, tobacco, leather, black olive, cedar, and mint with notes of vanilla and sweet oak. Rich, sweet berry and black cherry fruit coat the palette with smooth, fine tannins. There is a great deal of complexity and a long, silky finish. The powerful fruit and lush texture make it very tempting to drink now, but patience will be duly rewarded. Drink now through 2015.

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Winery: Keller Estate  
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Keller Estate:
A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features unique architecture, world-class landscape, original art and elegant wines from a distinct terroir. Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the terrace. Everything you taste at Keller Estate has been grown and produced on site. Highly regarded for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Keller Estate also showcases ... Read more
A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features unique architecture, world-class landscape, original art and elegant wines from a distinct terroir. Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the terrace. Everything you taste at Keller Estate has been grown and produced on site. Highly regarded for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Keller Estate also showcases unique wines available only in the tasting room including Rosé, Pinot Gris, Syrah and sparkling wine. Tasting Room Thursdays thru Sundays from 11:00am to 4:30pm. No reservation required. Read less

External Reviews for Keller Estate Syrah Sonoma Coast la Cruz Vineyard

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Rich, mature and velvety, with definite chocolatey flavors and overtones of hazelnut, a hint of cherry fruit, firm and long. by Wine Spectator Intense sweet black fruits, pepper, leather and subtle toasty oak. Saturated in color and flavor, but with


External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Keller Estate is taking care to get the details right before getting into the glare of major public recognition. This wine is a good example. All the Keller wines come from the one estate vineyard, all the various blocks are vinified separately, fruit is dropped mid-season to ensure even ripening and full maturity, and so on. But that’s not where it stops. After a native-yeast fermentation, winemaker Michael McNeill let the free-run wine drain out of the fermentation tanks by gravity. In other words, unlike almost everything out there, this wine was not pressed. During 15 months in barrel, only 20 percent of the wine saw new oak. The aromas are so sweet, I thought of pancake syrup (syrup came in raspberry or blackberry flavors). There’s also leather, cedar, smoke, vanilla, and pretty much everything else a ripe red wine can pull out of skins, seeds, and oak barrels. You get all this as flavors, in a juicy wine that’s vivid from the get-go. Though the alcohol is up there, nearly 15 percent this is not a big plush bomber. I found it to be a luscious palate-awakener that gets both the sweetness and ascorbic acid of real raspberries and blackberries. As it crosses the mid-palate the wine also releases Syrah’s brambly side, a bit of warm blood, and a touch of raw meat. I have no doubt that this can age a decade, but who will wait that long?



The aromas are classic Syrah: blackberry jam, tobacco, leather, black olive, cedar, and mint with notes of vanilla and sweet oak. Rich, sweet berry and black cherry fruit coat the palette with smooth, fine tannins. There is a great deal of complexity and a long, silky finish. The powerful fruit and lush texture make it very tempting to drink now, but patience will be duly rewarded. Drink now through 2015.

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