Our vineyards are acclaimed sites in the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Carneros, and beyond.
Gentle hills and a temperate climate from San Pablo Bay form a dreamlike landscape for cool-climate Syrah.
Las Madres Vineyard is situated on the Sonoma side of Carneros, where the gentle hillsides and temperate climate of the San Pablo Bay are ideal for creating beautiful cool-climate Syrah. The vineyard is owned by John Painter and Jean Gadiot, whose care and attention among the vines, along with the diligence of their vineyard manager Armando, yield truly impressive Syrah. John and Jean named the vineyard for their two mothers ("Las Madres"), Hulda and Esther, each of whom has a dedicated block planted with a specific clone of Syrah. The Esther block contains the 174 clone, which is a classic clone producing wines with traces of meatiness and great complexity. The 300 clone is less common and offers beautifully layered components of blue fruits and baking spice. The vineyard also has a small number of Viognier vines. This allows us in many harvests to co-ferment our Syrah with a few percent of Viognier in the traditional style of the Northern Rhône. Co-fermenting with just a few percent of Viognier furthers complexity by lifting the aromatics and enhancing delicate floral attributes.
coterie noun. A small group with shared interests or tastes.
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.