Our vineyards are acclaimed sites in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and beyond.
Diversity in altitude, topography, and exposure creates a rich palette of wines, including coastal Pinot Noir.
Before 1994, the area around Coast Grade Vineyard was planted with the early Rhône vines of the renowned Rhône Ranger, Randall Grahm. But tragically by the mid-1990s his original vineyards here had been wiped out by the blue-green sharpshooter. As other vineyards began to fall across the state, many vintners worried that this pest, along with the glassy-winged sharpshooter, would bring an end to viticulture in California. For years, viticulture was abandoned around the hillsides of Bonny Doon, but the promise of the site remained. Coast Grade Vineyard was planted in 2008, this time re-establishing the area with Pinot Noir (the original varietal planted by Grahm before his Rhône vines). Situated on the hillside facing the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard has a prominent slope that rests atop a bed of limestone at an elevation around 1,300 feet. We produce our Pinot Noir here from Pommard 4 and 115 clones, which provide earth, spice, and rich berry notes with great minerality. Even though our time in this vineyard was likely to be short, the legacy of the site was too enticing to pass up.
Our admiration for Hartmann Vineyard goes way back. The vineyard is located on a steep hillside in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Corralitos, next door to the great estate vineyard of Windy Oaks. It was our attraction to the wines of Windy Oaks, and the farming of Jim Schultze there with his own wines, that first drew our attention to this exceptional area. The elevation, coastal exposure, and steep topography of this vineyard foster one of the longest growing seasons in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The length of hang time in this vineyard allows flavors to develop gradually with outstanding depth and complexity. After we learned that Hartmann Vineyard was farmed by Jim as well, we were excited to make a wine at this incredible site. We produce our Pinot Noir here from 115 and 667 clones, which contribute fresh notes of flowers and berries commingled with dried herb and garrigue. As an extremely low-yielding vineyard with sometimes challenging conditions in the mountains, harvests can be a bit unpredictable. Some years we can't make a wine here at all.
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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.