Our wines are extremely limited releases from tiny parcels that we have selected within our acclaimed vineyards.
The pandemic and fires took careful navigation and extra hard work, but the wines we made were beacons of hope.
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. With a bit longer élévage than in previous years, the 2020 vintage has a lovely balance of richness and vivacity featuring notes of delicate stone fruit and vanilla layered with traces of an earthy black tea and bright hints of yuzu.
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 to share at the winery. We love this wine for its unique balance of brightness and volume after a little aeration in the glass. The 2020 vintage shows notes of white nectarine and elderflower, with a trace of clove, and a minerality-driven finish of Persian lime.
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 2020 vintage has a light salmon color with inviting notes of tangerine, strawberry, and melon, with hints of rose petal and biscuit.
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. Small, flavorful berries from this vineyard in 2020 created a wine with a special intensity of blue fruits and gorgeous floral elements, with earthier hints of tapenade and wild fennel.
The Pinot Noir at Las Nietas Vineyard has a particular finesse and elegance. Its delicate color belies its flavorful profile, which makes the wine playful and provocative. Las Nietas Vineyard is farmed for us by Bob Hartmann, and is named for his granddaughters ("Las Nietas", in Spanish). It is next door to Windy Oaks, whose wines we have long admired. 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, usually extending into October. The 2020 vintage has more 777 than previous vintages, yielding richly layered notes of luscious red cherry, tea rose, toasted pie crust, and cedar box.
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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.