Our wines are extremely limited releases from tiny parcels that we have selected within our acclaimed vineyards.
A mild and lengthy summer was followed by a perfect pace of ripening at harvest, yielding very distinctive wines.
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.
Viognier is a very perfumed grape, which means that we have to watch it especially closely in the vineyard to keep flavors from becoming too opulent. We produce this wine from Catie's Corner, a vineyard farmed for us by Steve Dutton, one of the most revered winegrowers of the Russian River Valley. Each year, we look for the perfect point at harvest when this vineyard gives us everything pretty and floral that we love in this wine while maintaining excellent structure and balance. The 2018 vintage has creamy notes of apricot, orange marmalade, and honeysuckle complemented by refreshing acidity set against a soft and silky palate.
Roussanne is a challenge to grow and difficult to vinify. It ripens unevenly, it's prone to botrytis, and it can suffer from fits of reduction. At the winery we joke that Roussanne has everything going against it, except that it tastes really good. It is also beautiful with age. Our friends at Tablas Creek turned us on to the lovely Roussanne at the nearby Glenrose Vineyard within the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. The Adelaida District is typically a bit cooler than the rest of Paso Robles, but still the warmest area from which we produce. The 2018 vintage is handsomely lean balancing delicate stone fruit with lime zest, herbal tea, and petrichor.
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.
Winemakers love rosé. At Coterie, we've always made a little behind the scenes. Now it's a regular part of our lineup. We don't make much, but whatever we do produce comes decidedly from Catie's Corner. This vineyard is farmed for us by Steve Dutton, one of the most revered winegrowers of the Russian River Valley. Each year, we select the juiciest, brightest parts of this vineyard the same vineyard as our single-vineyard Pinot Noir, give this fruit just a few hours on the skins, and finish the delicate result in stainless steel. The 2018 vintage is an inviting faint peach in color, and exhibits delightful berry, melon, and floral notes.
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 2018 vintage is enchanting with very pretty notes of cherry, violets, and teak, complemented by savory hints of pine straw, thyme, and forest floor.
The Pinot Noir at Hartmann Vineyard has a particular finesse and elegance. Its delicate color belies its flavorful profile, which makes the wine playful and provocative. Hartmann Vineyard is farmed for us by Jim Schultze, whose wines from the vineyard next door at Windy Oaks we have admired for years. This is our coolest site for Pinot Noir, high above the Monterey Bay at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ripening is slow, extending well into October. We make this wine from Pommard 4 and 777 cuttings. The 2018 vintage has delicious notes of red cherry, spicebox, and garrigue complemented by a sumptuous texture.
In 2018, we selected a handful of barrels from Hartmann Vineyard with exceptional attributes from which we were inspired to make a singular wine. Hartmann Vineyard is farmed for us by Jim Schultze, whose wines from the vineyard next door at Windy Oaks we have admired for years. Our Whole Cluster release from this vineyard, available only to members, is produced entirely from Pommard 4 (no 777), which we fermented with 40% whole clusters. This created a wine of exceptional purity and structure. Without the 777 component, the color of this wine is even more delicate, and its flavors are focused and fulfilling.
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 renowned Rosella's Vineyard. Under Kirk's care and guidance, this vineyard has established its own outstanding reputation. 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.
Most Syrah in California is planted in vineyards that grow other varietals as well. At Las Madres Vineyard, growers John Painter and Jean Gadiot had a different idea: they planted a vineyard dedicated entirely to Syrah, except for a few interspersed Viognier vines. This is cool-climate Syrah, with many dimensions beyond just dark, rich fruit. We usually co-ferment a small amount of the Viognier in the style of Côte Rôtie. We make this wine from 174 and 300 cuttings. The 2018 vintage is a round and luscious Syrah with elegant notes of blue fruits, maplewood smoked meat, black olive, and fennel. It was co-fermented with 4% Viognier.
The Pinot Noir at Tondre Grapefield is often our darkest with deeply satisfying fruit and complex savory attributes. Tondre Grapefield is farmed by multi-generational winegrower Joe Alarid. It is just down the road from Kirk Williams Ranch, so comparisons between the two are provocative. We make this wine from Pommard 4, 667, and 943 cuttings planted in the mid-1990s, among our oldest vines. While Pommard 4 and 667 are well known to the area, 943 is a less common cutting with extremely small, flavorful clusters. The 2018 vintage is full of dark raspberry complemented by baking spice, woodsy hints of forest floor, and a satin finish.
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. The winery is nestled in a cozy neighborhood near downtown San Jose, where it transformed an old warehouse into a beautiful place for wine.