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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.
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. While fermented and aged entirely in neutral (older) French oak, 2019 yielded a wine with aromas among our richest and woodsiest, with notes of vanilla and butterscotch interwoven with higher tones of lemon herbal tea.
In 2019, we selected a handful of barrels from Hartmann Vineyard with exceptional attributes worthy of a special wine. Hartmann Vineyard is farmed for us by Jim Schultze, whose wines from the vineyard next door at Windy Oaks we have admired for years. Our Whole Cluster release from this vineyard, available only to members, is produced almost entirely from Pommard 4 (with just a splash of 777 for depth), which we fermented with 40% whole clusters. This created a deliciously pure wine with inviting notes of dried Montmorency cherry, toasted pie crust, and rose petal. The Pommard 4 focus makes this wine especially light in color but very flavorful.
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 2019 vintage has a Pommard 4 focus and is full of dark cherry complemented by baking spice, hints of cedar, and a savory, earthy 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. The winery is nestled in a cozy neighborhood near downtown San Jose, where it transformed an old warehouse into a beautiful place for wine.