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Although Grenache Blanc is an unfamiliar grape to some, this is one of our most popular whites. We produce it from Catie's Corner, a vineyard farmed for us by Steve Dutton, one of the most revered winegrowers of the Russian River Valley. Grenache Blanc was a "wakeup" wine for us, when we first tasted it with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel among components of their Châteauneuf du Pape, and as a single-varietal bottling by Kris Curran. It's a bit reminiscent of a fine Champagne, just without the bubbles. 2018 features a pale straw color with notes of stone fruit, cape gooseberry, and biscuit, finished with a touch of tarragon.
Viognier is a very perfumed grape, which means that we have to watch it especially closely in the vineyard to keep flavors from becoming too opulent. We produce this wine from Catie's Corner, a vineyard farmed for us by Steve Dutton, one of the most revered winegrowers of the Russian River Valley. Each year, we look for the perfect point at harvest when this vineyard gives us everything pretty and floral that we love in this wine while maintaining excellent structure and balance. The 2018 vintage has creamy notes of apricot, orange marmalade, and honeysuckle complemented by refreshing acidity set against a soft and silky palate.
The Pinot Noir at Hartmann Vineyard has a particular finesse and elegance. Its delicate color belies its flavorful profile, which makes the wine playful and provocative. Hartmann Vineyard is farmed for us by Jim Schultze, whose wines from the vineyard next door at Windy Oaks we have admired for years. This is our coolest site for Pinot Noir, high above the Monterey Bay at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ripening is slow, extending well into October. We make this wine from Pommard 4 and 777 cuttings. The 2018 vintage has delicious notes of red cherry, spicebox, and garrigue complemented by a sumptuous texture.
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.
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. The winery is nestled in a cozy neighborhood near downtown San Jose, where it transformed an old warehouse into a beautiful place for wine.