Our wines are extremely limited releases from tiny parcels that we have selected within our acclaimed vineyards.
A wet winter was followed by a nearly perfect summer, with an unusual pause mid-harvest. More wines coming soon.
Although an unfamiliar grape to some, Grenache Blanc is typically 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. In 2019, we took a fun detour into "orange wine", a historic approach with some contemporary interest wherein a white wine is made with substantial skin contact, usually only in red winemaking. With 24 hours on the skins, our 2019 vintage has a distinctly golden color and a rich profile featuring golden raspberry and pear with traces of allspice and clove. It's a unique white wine with a boldness for hearty food.
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 2019 vintage has fragrant notes of elderflower, orange marmalade, jasmine tea, and delicately creamy vanilla, with a spicy hint of pink peppercorn as a savory complement.
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 it strikes between brightness and richness after a little aeration in the glass. The 2019 vintage shows notes of baked green apple, candied lemon peel, and subtle verdant elements, with a hint of briny minerality.
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 2019 vintage has a lovely faint salmon color with inviting notes of succulent berry, melon, rose hips, and biscuit.
Roussanne is a challenge to grow and difficult to vinify. At the winery we say 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. This area is a bit cooler than the rest of Paso Robles, but still the warmest from which we produce. While fermented and aged entirely in neutral (older) French oak, 2019 yielded a wine with aromas among our richest and woodsiest, with notes of vanilla and butterscotch interwoven with higher tones of lemon herbal tea.
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 2019 vintage has delicious notes of red cherry and rose petal, complemented by subtle vanilla and clove, and a trace of cedar shavings.
In 2019, we selected a handful of barrels from Hartmann Vineyard with exceptional attributes worthy of a special 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 almost entirely from Pommard 4 (with just a splash of 777 for depth), which we fermented with 40% whole clusters. This created a deliciously pure wine with inviting notes of dried Montmorency cherry, toasted pie crust, and rose petal. The Pommard 4 focus makes this wine especially light in color but very flavorful.
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 this Pinot Noir from Pommard 4, 667, and 777 cuttings. The 2019 vintage was fermented with 18% whole clusters. It is an elegant, more delicate rendition than usual, with notes of Brooks cherry, bramble, and violets, complemented by a touch of chalky minerality and black tea.
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 2019 vintage is vibrant, featuring layered notes of blue fruits, lilac, and smoked meat, with traces of black olive and anise. It was co-fermented with 4% Viognier.
In 2019, we selected a handful of barrels from Tondre Grapefield with exceptional attributes from which we were inspired to make a singular wine. 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. Our 943 Selection release from this vineyard, available only to members, is focused around the 943 selection of Pinot Noir, a less common cutting with extremely small, flavorful clusters. This created a wine of exceptional richness and flavor, with notes of robust dark cherry, abundant bramble, fine cedar, and clove.
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 2019 vintage has a Pommard 4 focus and is full of dark cherry complemented by baking spice, hints of cedar, and a savory, earthy 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 2019 vintage exhibits a purity of fruit focused around blackberry complemented by rose hips and a trace of brioche.
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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.