Twenty-nineteen marked our 2nd vintage working with the La Cruz Vineyard. There is an inherent richness and depth to the fruit from La Cruz Vineyard that requires restraint to preserve the purity and balance of the finished wine. A selection of two clones were harvested between September 20th and the 28th. The Noir selection was picked first. True to name, it brings dark fruit and structure which act as the backbone of the wine. The following week the Alban selection was harvested and always adds soaring aromatics, reminiscent of the wines of Allemand. Grown on the thinner soils at the top of the hill, its red-fruited freshness and ample acidity allow for the use of whole cluster and is the perfect complement to the Noir. Organically farmed, 100% native fermentation, 50% whole cluster, no additions, bottled unfined and unfiltered (13.3% alc).
La Cruz Vineyard was planted in 1989 by Ted Lemon for the Keller Family. Located at the southeastern end of the Petaluma Gap appellation, La Cruz is one of the farthest vineyards from the namesake ‘Gap’ where the wind and fog funnel in from the ocean every afternoon. This slight change in climate from the rest of the appellation affords the vines extend sunshine and a bit of extra warmth, leading to deeper, richer fruit while still maintaining the trademark freshness that defines Syrah from the Petaluma Gap. We find the wines from this site to be distinct counterpoint to our ‘Estate’ Petaluma Gap Syrah.
Hillside vineyard in the South Eastern Petaluma Gap Appellation