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We hear it all the time at the winery: although Sauvignon Blanc is the most recognizable white wine that we make, ours is something different. We produce it from Matthew's Station, another of our vineyards under the care and attention of renowned winegrower Steve Dutton. This wine began as a Private Label project we did for a local farm-to-table restaurant, but now we keep almost all for ourselves. Some of its appeal is the balance it strikes between brightness and richness after a little aeration in the glass. The 2019 vintage shows notes of baked green apple, candied lemon peel, and subtle verdant elements, with a hint of briny minerality.
Most of our wines are vineyard-designate wines, where each originates from a single vineyard, and even then, only certain rows within that vineyard. Our reserve cuvée wines are made from lots we hold in reserve from these very same vineyards, blended across multiple vineyards to produce delicious wines for immediate enjoyment at a great price. Our 2018 RRV Reserve Cuvée Blanche is our first of its kind made from 66% Grenache Blanc, 20% Viognier, and 14% Roussanne. These components work in perfect harmony to create a complex wine of subtle fruit with notes of spiced pear, green tea, teak wood, and a hint of allspice.
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 2017 vintage has classic notes of strawberry preserves and violets complemented by delicate savory elements of conifer and laurel.
The Pinot Noir at Tondre Grapefield is often our darkest with deeply satisfying fruit and complex savory attributes. Tondre Grapefield is farmed by multi-generational winegrower Joe Alarid. It is just down the road from Kirk Williams Ranch, so comparisons between the two are provocative. We make this wine from Pommard 4, 667, and 943 cuttings planted in the mid-1990s, among our oldest vines. While Pommard 4 and 667 are well known to the area, 943 is a less common cutting with extremely small, flavorful clusters. The 2018 vintage is full of dark raspberry complemented by baking spice, woodsy hints of forest floor, and a satin finish.
Most Syrah in California is planted in vineyards that grow other varietals as well. At Las Madres Vineyard, growers John Painter and Jean Gadiot had a different idea: they planted a vineyard dedicated entirely to Syrah, except for a few interspersed Viognier vines. This is cool-climate Syrah, with many dimensions beyond just dark, rich fruit. We usually co-ferment a small amount of the Viognier in the style of Côte Rôtie. We make this wine from 174 and 300 cuttings. The 2018 vintage is a round and luscious Syrah with elegant notes of blue fruits, maplewood smoked meat, black olive, and fennel. It was co-fermented with 4% Viognier.
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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. Our winery is nestled in a cozy neighborhood near downtown San Jose, a short walk from the SAP Center and The Historic Alameda. We're part of a movement of wineries locating back into urban areas to make fine wines within the communities in which we live.