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Keeler Estate Vineyard

Keeler Estate Vineyard 2019 Field Blend

The Biodynamic Power of... Manure!

A small, energetic sprite of a woman with a charming European accent, Gabrielle Keeler bought the 200-acre Keeler Estate in 1989 with her husband, Craig. But back then, no one would have called it an “estate”. It was run down and choked with blackberries – but a great place to spread out and raise their kids and a large population of various 4-H animals.

After years of clearing land, research on climate and soils, the Keeler Estate was ready to grow grapes. It’s an ideal location for a biodynamic winery: rolling hills rimmed with dense forest, soils enriched with manure, and people who understood the delicate (and, ahem, indelicate) balance of a vineyard ecosystem in creating great wine.

For years, they sold their grapes to other local wineries, barely keeping up with demand. But never one to stray from a challenge, Gabrielle decided to jump into the winemaking business to help buyers understand the quality of the grapes they were buying.

Working with a variety of highly successful local winemakers, the Keelers have developed a line-up of classic Willamette Valley wines that are a joy to drink.

Keeler Estate Vineyard

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Keeler Estate Vineyard, Amity, Oregon
2019 Field Blend

These days, most blended wines are produced through rigorous and scientific trials, with careful ounce-by-ounce adjustments. But when a winemaker makes a field blend, they blend the grapes as they come off the vines.

This Keeler Field Blend is so much fun – and great way to express the character of their vineyard! It is a field blend of the grapes grown at Keeler Estate in the exact proportions in the vineyard: 39% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Gris, 15.5% Chardonnay, and 10.5% Riesling. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris went into the fermenter in whole cluster – stems and all – while the Chardonnay and Riesling were de-stemmed before being added. Fermented on their skins for 10 days (!) before being pressed and aged on the lees in a concrete egg vessel for 5 months.

Wild, right? It may sound quirky, but trust me this is a porch pounder that will keep you thinking and coming back for more. Light tannins and lots of fruit. This is a red that will taste great slightly chilled on a hot summer day. Just 75 cases produced.

A Cellar 503 selection in August 2021, Summer BBQ Wines Eola-Amity Hills | Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling