2007 Keller Estate La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir, © Theo Morrison
California Wine Country: Petaluma Gap
Sonoma's Petaluma Gap lies in what is effectively a wind tunnel between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. It isn't yet an official AVA, but many people think it deserves to be on the strength of its cool-climate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Syrahs.
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Bottles to Try
2007 Keller Estate La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir ($44) When Keller Estate opened in the Petaluma Gap in 2000, it was the first winery in the region (there had been vineyards there for quite some time). Its 86 acres of grapes include top-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which go into bottlings like this crisp, raspberry-inflected red (above).