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2017 ess-eff Keller Estate Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 24 cases, $42. This small San Francisco-based producer of Sonoma and Russian River Valley varietals strives for approachable, food-friendly wines. Wines are available only through the winery by special order or through private tastings. 100% clone 115 from El Coro Vineyard at the Keller Estate. Harvest Brix 25.0º. 2-day cold soak, 7-day fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels and bottled 7/24/18. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. The nose is very savory showing aromas of stem and wood along with demure fruit flavors of red cherry and berry. Light in weight, in an easygoing, shallow, elegant style, offering flavors of red cherry, baking spice and caramel oak. The tannins are restrained and silky and the finish leaves behind some alcoholic warmth. Score: 86. Reviewed June 19, 2019 ARTICLE »

2016 ess·eff Keller Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.53, 24 cases, $42. Clones 123 and 777 co-fermented.Harvest Brix 24.5º. 100% whole berry. 2-day cold soak, aged 9 months in French oak barrels. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, spice, turned earth and slightly herbal. Light to mid weight flavors of black cherry and blueberry-pomegranate that are giving upon opening. This wine has good intentions, with balanced tannins, folded-in alcohol and a crisp finish that showed a little astringency initially but resolved when tasted the following day. The nose was more spirited the following day as well. Score: 90. Reviewed June 29, 2018 ARTICLE »

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