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Made from 70% Grenache Blanc, 16% Viognier, and 14% Roussanne, our 2019 RRV Reserve Cuvée Blanche is a uniquely Californian rendition of the great white blends of Châteauneuf du Pape. The 2019 vintage is a rare wine for us only our second vintage of this wine, but one with a remarkable difference from its predecessor. In 2019, the Grenache Blanc component spent 24 hours on the skins, yielding a golden richness in the finished wine. As such, the Viognier and its opulence have been attenuated slightly. Even so, this wine has a fairly rich profile, with notes of golden raspberry, spiced pear, green tea, and delicate allspice.
Roussanne is a challenge to grow and difficult to vinify. At the winery we say Roussanne has everything going against it, except that it tastes really good. It is also beautiful with age. Our friends at Tablas Creek turned us on to the lovely Roussanne at the nearby Glenrose Vineyard within the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. This area is a bit cooler than the rest of Paso Robles, but still the warmest from which we produce. With a bit longer élévage than in previous years, the 2020 vintage has a lovely balance of richness and vivacity featuring notes of delicate stone fruit and vanilla layered with traces of an earthy black tea and bright hints of yuzu.
The Pinot Noir at Kirk Williams Ranch is deeply flavorful with rich fruit, complex earthiness, and alluring spice. Kirk Williams Ranch is adjacent to the famed Garys' Vineyard (the land of which Kirk also owns) and just south of the renowned Rosella's Vineyard. Under Kirk's care and guidance, this vineyard has established its own outstanding reputation. We make this Pinot Noir from Pommard 4, 667, and 777 cuttings. The 2021 vintage was fermented with 19% whole clusters. It is a deeply flavorful, complex wine, with rich notes of cherry, ripe plum, bramble, and violets, complemented by earthy notes of brioche and baking spice.
The Pinot Noir at Catie's Corner has some of the most complex floral and berry notes among all our vineyards. Catie's Corner is farmed for us by Steve Dutton, one of the most revered winegrowers of the Russian River Valley. We make this wine from 2A (Wadensvil), 16 (Jackson), and Swan cuttings of Pinot Noir planted in the mid-1990s, among our oldest vines. While 2A and Swan are well known to the area, 16 is a less common heritage cutting that adds a unique character to this wine. The 2018 vintage is enchanting with very pretty notes of cherry, violets, and teak, complemented by savory hints of pine straw, thyme, and forest floor.
There is so much demand for Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands that sometimes it's easy to forget how delightful the cool-climate Syrah is here too. Sadly, many growers have grafted over their Syrah to other things. We make our Tondre Grapefield Syrah from a field blend of uncertain heritage. It is the darkest, spiciest red we produce. We were excited to discover this small block in 2016, the same vintage when we started our Syrah at Las Madres Vineyard in Carneros to the north. We have made both wines ever since. The 2021 vintage shows less spice than some years, and features rich blackberry and bramble, with a hint of toasty pie crust.
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Since 2007, Coterie has produced wines from tiny parcels within acclaimed vineyards that express the distinction of their place. We make every wine berry to bottle by hand with exceptional care in the vineyard and non-interventional practices at the winery. The winery is nestled in a cozy neighborhood near downtown San Jose, where it transformed an old warehouse into a beautiful place for wine.