Memories Of Comrades Past

When your life's bottle is empty, and you look back on your grand adventures, it'll be the companions you paired with that you'll miss the most.

"Grampa Pinot, tell me again! Tell me about those adventurous food pairings!"

"Of course, little one. Come, sit by Grampa's knee and hand me my old collection of mementos. I'll tell you the tale of my three best friends. They called us... the four pack."

"And you all were from the Keller Estate?"

"More than that, little one. We were all Pinot Gris... together."

"Tell me about this one! The hat!"

"Ah, my old leather fedora. I got this in Egypt at the market place. That's the last time I saw Bottle One. We called him Oneie. Old Oneie paired perfectly with some saffron accented mussels. Something about the notes of nectarine he carried, she couldn't resist. We said we'd meet on the steps of Big Ben a year to the day. Little did I know, Big Ben has many steps, some of them even off limits to the public. I tried as many as I could, but... well, we never saw each other again."

"Tell me about this one, Grampa!"

"Ah, the glass cat necklace! Twoie gave me this, we were like brothers. He said it would bring me luck. He got it in Thailand, where he still lives today! Said he paired nicely with the spicy flavors there. We still write, from time to time. You know, on Facebook."

"What's this, Grampa?"

"Ah, my old bugle! Threeie always coveted this. We'd laugh and tell him "one day, Threeie, one day!" Then we were in... Calcutta? Fuguay-Varina? It escapes me now. All I know for sure is that, when I gave him this, he had the greatest look of pride on his face. I'll never forget it. A great day for us all."

"But Grampa... how did you get it back if-"

"Oh ho! You're too young for that story, little one! Let's just say we had a falling out over an onion tart that paired a bit too well with our graceful notes of peach."

"A falling out? But he was part of your four pack!"

"One day, little one. You'll understand better one day."

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Features

2008 La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Gris 750ml 4-Pack

This Pinot Gris is made in the richly textured Alsatian style. The bracing, vibrant acidity of this elegant wine makes for excellent food pairing adventures. Although a small number of cases were produced, this wine has quickly become a favorite amongst Keller Estate fans for its beautiful nose and wonderfully luscious style. This particular year, their Pinot Gris was made a little leaner. Look for the delicate floral aromas, a satin texture on the palate and graceful notes of peach and white nectarine.  A versatile food wine, pair this Pinot Gris with a plate of saffron accented mussels, seared scallops, spicy Thai dishes or a caramelized onion tart.

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Specs

  • Harvest Dates: October 2008
  • Clone: 152
  • Bottling Date: April 30, 2009
  • Production: 292 cases
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Total Acidity: 0.70g/100mL
  • pH: 2.8

Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, this wine retains its delightfully fresh and lively fruit  flavors. Sweet spring days are present on the nose: pretty floral notes are accented with fresh, ripe peaches. Lovely apricot and white nectarine flavors tango on the palate, followed by our signature minerality. The wine is fermented to be dry, but the fruit flavors and beautiful aromas give a slight perception of sweetness.

Winery Details

Keller Estate

Founded:
2000
Owner:
Ana Keller
Location:
Petaluma, CA
The Keller family’s origins lie in the small town of Aarau in Switzerland. The Keller last name originates from the German word for “cellar.” For centuries throughout the Old World, cellars were a special place in a family’s home, a place where food, wine, and valuable commodities were kept and passed on from family to family. The Keller family’s Coat of Arms, which is printed on our labels, represents the cellar guard, who guards his prized treasures with a well-kept key. The colors of Switzerland fly proudly next to the key. It seemed fitting to name our winery “Keller Estate,” harking back to our family’s profession as the keeper of the treasures for your cellar.
 
Our family has since then moved throughout the world and we pride ourselves on our multicultural background. In the early 1900s, Wilheim Keller emigrated from Switzerland to Mexico to build the first hydroelectric plant. Soon after, he fell in love with a beautiful woman and established his home in Mexico City. His grandson, Arturo Keller, the founder of Keller Estate, worked for many years as a supplier to the automotive industry. His greatest passions are vintage automobiles and searching for elegance, class and perfection in everything he does. In the late 1970s, his passion took him to the San Francisco Bay area, a hub for car collectors. As he drove his treasured vehicles through the winding roads and windy hills of Sonoma, he came across a large ranch for sale in Petaluma. He was instantly taken aback with the views and the land. He made this his home in a piece of property across from the Russian River in 1983 alongside his wife Deborah. Recognizing that the land was wonderful for growing cooler weather varietals, Arturo and Deborah planted our fist Chardonnay vineyard in 1989. The grapes were sold for many vintages to Rombauer, who found that the minerality and depth of flavors of our Chardonnay contributed to their wines in a beautiful way.
 
In 1998, Ana Keller, Arturo’s daughter, joined him in the exciting and daunting venture of building a winery and creating Keller Estate. Ana first fell in love with craft of winemaking early in life when she spent several holidays in the Loire Valley, harvesting grapes from the vineyards. Ana holds a degree in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Mexico and a Masters in Pharmaceutical development from King’s College London. London was critical to Ana’s passion for wine because it was there that she first took her formal tasting lessons.
 
In 2000, Keller Estate was established and we released our first vintage in 2001. Alongside Ted Lemon, the Keller Family worked at making the vineyards exceptional and designed a winery emphasizing elements of ease of flow and gravity flow to preserve the delicate flavors in the wine. The winery, designed by Ricardo Legorreta, an exceptional Mexican Architect, was completed in 2003 and is among the most beautiful wineries in Sonoma.

 

 

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