Our vineyards are acclaimed sites in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and beyond.
Foggy mornings provide an exceptional environment for gentle ripening of Pinot Noir and refreshing whites.
Catie's Corner is widely admired for its Viognier and Pinot Noir, but we have discovered it to be a lovely place for Grenache Blanc too. Catie is the daughter of Saralee (of Saralee's Vineyard), so these vineyards have more in common than first meets the eye. Steve Dutton, one of the most revered winegrowers of the Russian River Valley, now farms the vineyard. We produce our Pinot Noir from 2A (Wadenswil), 16 (Jackson), and Swan clones, which generally contribute elegant berry and floral notes with a hint of forest floor. Our Viognier and Grenache Blanc both are from Tablas Creek cuttings. Each of our blocks was planted in the late 1990s, except the Grenache Blanc, which is a more recent grafting. The vineyard has a gently rolling profile and a lovely consistent cycle of gentle warming and cooling that is the result of often foggy mornings and evenings. This cycle preserves attractive natural acidity and leads to a lengthier period of ripening during which flavors and aromas can develop gradually and with greater depth and complexity.
When a local farm-to-table restaurant was looking to make a Private Label wine to pair with oysters, we thought a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley would make a lovely choice. Fortunately, we were able to obtain a small part of the vineyard from Matthew's Station. Matthew's Station is another of our vineyards under the care and attention of renowned winegrower Steve Dutton. The vineyard is situated towards the eastern side of the Russian River Valley where the terrain flattens out and fog pours liberally across the landscape to keep the vines cool. Gentle warming normally occurs by the afternoon creating an ideal cycle of warming and cooling throughout each day. Coupled with the arid soils of the area, this cycle provides an exceptional environment for growing Sauvignon Blanc with beautifully layered flavors, vibrant acidity, and flinty minerality. We make a little wine from this vineyard for our winery as well, which is among our most popular during the spring and summer months.
Saralee's Vineyard is one of the iconic vineyards of the Russian River Valley with an impressive list of wineries making wines here over the years. One of the remarkable qualities about this vineyard is its ability to grow such an astounding number of varietals and clones extremely well at different points, thus making it a veritable treasure trove for winemakers. The vineyard is situated in the middle of the Russian River Valley, where cool and often foggy mornings provide an exceptional environment for gentle ripening throughout the fall. We produce our Pinot Noir here from 113, 115, and 23 (Mariafeld) clones, which we find yield Pinot Noir with elegant fruit, floral notes, and nice structure. Our Roussanne was grafted from Tablas Creek cuttings originally from the great vineyards of Château de Beaucastel. Each of our blocks was planted in the mid 1990s. One of our great memories from Saralee's Vineyard was her special vintners tastings each spring, when we'd all return to share our barrel samples.
With its diverse topography and unique attributes at different points in the vineyard, Trenton Station is a wonderful expression of place. It was one block in particular that attracted us to Trenton Station originally, but the rest of its rolling, meandering hillsides produce stunning wines too. Our original attraction was the Old Barn Block, which actually does have a beautiful barn on it. The block is planted entirely with the 37 (Mount Eden) clone of Pinot Noir, which yields beautiful, complex wines with enticing notes of deep strawberry, hints of cola, and traces of conifer. The vines were planted in 1999. The vineyard is situated in the middle of the Russian River Valley just a few miles to the west of Saralee's Vineyard, where cool and often foggy mornings provide a similar environment wherein flavors develop gradually during a lengthy period of ripening. The steepness of this vineyard at many points makes it difficult and dangerous to farm, but the Old Barn Block has a gentler, more accessible, slope.
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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.