Our wines are extremely limited releases from tiny parcels that we have selected within our acclaimed vineyards.
A gentle spring, mild summer, and harvest with long hang times produced wines with marvelous depth of flavor.
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, and give this fruit just a few hours on the skins. The 2021 vintage has an especially delicate salmon color and lively notes of wild strawberry, rose hips, and Meyer lemon peel, with a crisp finish of honeydew melon.
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 2021 vintage was fermented with 19% whole clusters. It is a deeply flavorful, complex wine, with rich notes of cherry, ripe plum, bramble, and violets, complemented by earthy notes of brioche and baking spice.
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 2021 vintage has an especially dark color with luscious notes of black cherry, cedar box, vanilla, and clove, interwoven with wildflower.
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 2021 vintage shows less spice than some years, and features rich blackberry and bramble, with a hint of toasty pie crust.
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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.