Our vineyards are acclaimed sites in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and beyond.
Winds off the bay flow down a thin ridge of vineyards yielding exceptional Pinot Noir and cool-climate Syrah.
Kirk Williams Ranch epitomizes what people in real estate would call being in a good neighborhood. The vineyard is situated immediately between two of the most admired vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Garys' Vineyard, the joint project of Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, and Rosella's Vineyard, the vineyard of Gary Franscioni. With its similar growing conditions and its own exemplary grower, Kirk Williams, this vineyard has rightfully become another of the most esteemed sources of Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands. We produce our Pinot Noir here from Pommard 4, 667, and 777 cuttings planted in 2000. These provide a lovely combination of fruit, earth, and spice, and are widely regarded as the best for the area. Cooling is amplified to some extent in the northern third of the Pinot Noir blocks where a subtle ridge captures some of the airflow. Together, these factors result in tiny, concentrated clusters. At the winery, we refer to them as little grenades of flavor.
The expansive mosaic of agriculture in the valley that lies just beneath the Santa Lucia Highlands is magnificent, but we certainly are glad that some of the talented growers with roots in the valley decided to plant vineyards higher up. With multiple generations of farming by owner Joe Alarid's family in what is now the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands, Tondre Grapefield is an outstanding example of practice and provenance in growing outstanding Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Riesling. For years we produced our Pinot Noir here from Pommard 4 and 667 cuttings planted in 1997. In 2017 we added the unique 943 cutting. These provide a lovely combination of deep fruit, earth, and spice. While most of the vineyard is planted on fairly gentle slopes, our block of 667 is planted on a steep and unusually low-yielding hillside. The Syrah is a field blend with berries that we find provocatively more delicate than most Syrah. These yield a cool-climate Syrah with enticing depth. We produce a late harvest wine from the Riesling in years when we can achieve late ripening and some noble rot in the vineyard.
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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.