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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.
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 that it strikes between brightness, minerality, and volume. The 2018 vintage has notes of honeyed peach, guava, and delicate citrus, with a hint of teaberry. Fresh acidity softens to a nicely round finish.
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 notorious Rosella's Vineyard. Under Kirk's care and guidance, this vineyard has its own beautifully unique qualities as well. We make our Kirk Williams Ranch Pinot Noir from Pommard 4, 667, and 777 cuttings, which are regarded by many growers as the cuttings best suited to the area. The 2018 vintage exhibits robust notes of dark raspberry, cherry, bramble, and baking spice with a polished, voluptuous finish.
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.
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 2018 vintage has luscious dark berry notes with a touch of anise, hints of light toast, and a tracery of white pepper.
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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.