Owner/winemaker Kevin Law is committed to the highest quality, terroir-specific Burgundy and Bordeaux varietals, from some of the most exclusive vineyards in the Santa Ynez, Santa Maria and Napa Valleys. A Santa Barbara native and familiar with the many appellations, his UCSB studies in Meteorology and Geology prepared him uniquely for a deep understanding of all the natural forces involved in defining site terroir, both from weather patterns and from site geology.
Côtière began in 2006, following his years working with premier vineyards in the Central Coast and the SLH at Tantara Vineyards.
Fruit is from some of the most exclusive Burgundy varietal vineyards in the Central Coast, including the famed Talley “Rincon,” Presqu’ile, Hilliard Bruce, Murmur, La Encantada, Sanford and Benedict, La Rinconada vineyards. The Bordeaux program sources largely from Napa Valley, but also from the hotter, interior east end of the Santa Ynez Valley. To ensure site-specificity, he contracts vineyards by acreage, not by tonnage, allowing him to make micro-adjustments to the farming for exact rows, blocks and clones and control the yield and ultimate quality produced.
A minimalist winemaking approach comes from his desire that “the vineyards be showcased, not the winemaking.” To support highest quality wines, he owns and operates the very best winemaking equipment, unusual for a winery producing only 2,000 cases per year. Saying “I truly feel that good reliable equipment does translate into great wine,” means he has his own winery and uses a German-made, brand new top quality press, sorting table, de-stemmer and tanks. “While more expensive equipment exists, like optical grape sorters, I feel that this extreme technology takes away from Terroir when farming, and great vineyard management can do an even better job.” All reds are made without fining or filtration. While not dogmatic about any random alcohol level threshold yet striving for brightness, most of his wines end up with less than 14% alcohol.
Dérive White Bordeaux Style Blend 2017, Santa Ynez Valley 12.5% alcohol [say De-reeve]
Winemaker Notes:“Subtle yet beautiful aromatics of fresh cut white flowers, under ripe peach, Meyer lemon zest, and key lime. On the palate the acidity gives you a sense of minerality as well. The Semillon [18 brix, SB picked at 22] adds complexity with bees wax, pear, honeysuckle and green papaya on the moderately long and vibrant finish.”
60% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc. No new oak, fermented in concrete, stainless and neutral oak. “Derive” is French for a spontaneous journey led by the terrain and landscape. 200 cases.
Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2016 92 Points, Galloni
92 Points, Galloni:“A terrific appellation-level wine that offers both quite a bit of fruit intensity and freshness. Orange peel, honeysuckle, mint and apricot are very nicely layered.”
70% from two highly acclaimed vineyards, the cool, sandy Murmur, and 30% La Rinconada. Barrel fermented in 30% new French oak. A delicious, high-quality Chardonnay that over-delivers for the price. 200 Cases.
Chardonnay, Talley “Rincon” Vineyard 2015, Arroyo Grande Valley 13.1% alcohol 93 Points, Vinous 6-pack
93 Points, Galloni:“The 2015 Chardonnay Talley Rincon Vineyard is bright, focused and sculpted. Orchard fruit and floral notes abound in this delineated, classy Chardonnay from Brian Talley’s vineyard in Arroyo Grande. This is a terrific showing from Côtière and proprietor Kevin Law.”
Famed Rincon block of Brian Talley’s coveted Talley Vineyard. Native yeast fermented, completed ML, and well-hidden 75% new French oak (large 500L barrels minimize oak influence). Unfined, unfiltered. 70 cases
Chardonnay, “La Rinconada” Vineyard 2016, Santa Ynez Valley 13.7% alcohol 94 Points, Galloni 6-pack
94 Points, Galloni:“A fabulous wine. Fresh, bright and wonderfully nuanced, has so much to offer. Aging in 500 L barrels keeps the wine fresh and tightly wound, in the very best sense. A totally striking wine. What a gorgeous wine it is!”
Bright and lively Meyer lemon, bees wax, flowers, peach, chamomile, lime zest, minerality, long vibrant finish. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. Rinconada is between two famed vineyards -Sanford & Benedict and La Encantada – above the banks of the Santa Ynez River. 75 cases.
Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2015
Winemaker Notes:“A classy and pretty appellation level wine. Crushed red berries, rose petals, mint and spices meld together in a racy, perfumed Pinot laced with striking energy and fabulous overall balance. A flourish of floral and savory notes grace the expressive, pliant finish.”
From Presqu’ile and River Bench, 30% whole cluster and 30% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. 200 cases.
Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills2016 91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “The 2016 Pinot Noir Santa. Rita Hills is the appellation blend of the estate and has a medium ruby color to go with a textbook Sta. Rita Hills bouquet of ripe cherry and framboise fruits, spice, and dried soils/earthy notes. It’s ripe, nicely textured, has sweet tannin, and classic Pinot Noir charm. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years.”
Winemaker Notes:“Lovely depth and radiance, tons of Santa Rita Hills fruit intensity. Spice and rose petals, dried cherries, mint, crushed flowers and earthy nose are all laced together by silky tannins.”
Blended equally from the exclusive La Encantada and Hilliard Bruce vineyards, both on the cooler western end of the appellation. 30% whole cluster and 30% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. 175 cases.
Pinot Noir, Presqu’ile Vineyard 2015, Santa Maria Valley 13.9 %alcohol 92 Points, Galloni
92 Points, Galloni:“The 2015 Pinot Noir Presqu’ile Vineyard captures an attractive stylistic middle ground in that it is ripe and racy, like all the 2015s are here, but also has good aromatic lift from the 35% whole clusters. This is an especially powerful expression of Presqu’ile, but it works beautifully.” .
From a perfect, cool location in the Santa Maria Valley with strong ocean influence. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels, bottled unfined and unfiltered. 75 cases
Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard 2015, Santa Rita Hills 13.9% alcohol 92 Points, Vinous, JD 6-pack
92 Points, Galloni: “Offers lovely depth and radiance, not to mention tons of Santa Rita Hills fruit intensity. Super-ripe red cherry, hard candy, mint, spice and rose petal, along with silky, creamy tannins, give the wine much of its personality. This is in an especially racy, ripe style, but it works.”
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck:“Another terrific wine under this label and spent 15 months in 30% new French oak. Lots of spiced red fruits, crushed rock-like minerality, scorched earth, and spice notes all flow to a rich, medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, structured effort that still has the upfront fruit and suppleness that’s the hallmark of the vintage. It’s a terrific, impeccably made Pinot Noir.”
From vines originally planted by Santa Rita Hills founder Richard Sanford on the cooler west end of the appellation, 7 miles from the Pacific. 75cases
Pinot Noir, Hilliard Bruce Vineyard 2016, Santa Rita Hills 13.5% alcohol 94 Points, Dunnuck 6-pack
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck:“Perfumed, exotic bouquet of passion fruits, framboise, violets, and flowers. With an almost Côte Rôtie- like gamy, floral quality, medium body, ultra-fine tannin, and a beautiful finish, it’s a terrific Pinot Noir that will keep for a decade.”
93 Points, Galloni:“Another stand-out effort from Côtière.”
One of the coolest sites in the county, on the coldest north edge of Santa Rita Hills makes for a tart, bright, red-fruit style. 30% whole cluster, once-used (no new) oak, unfined and unfiltered. 50 cases
Syrah, Presqu’ile Vineyard 2014, Santa Maria Valley 13.4% alcohol 91+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck
91+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck:“Reminds me of a solid Hermitage from the Rhone Valley with its dark, smoky, graphite, pepper and mineral-laced bouquet. It is medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, beautifully pure and elegant, with integrated acidity. It’s a beautiful, complete and balanced wine to drink over the coming decade.”
91 Points, Galloni:“Another winner from Cotiere.”
Cold climate style, 125 day hang-time; destemmed, no new oak, unfined, unfiltered. 65 cases
Derive Red Blend 2016 [say De-reeve] 93 Points, Vinous 6-pack
93 Points, Galloni:“The 2016 Dérive is a Bordeaux based blend from Mateo Vineyard in Santa Ynez and Lewelling in St. Helena built on a core of Cabernet Franc. Vibrant and deeply pitched, the 2016 has so much to offer. Bright floral notes add freshness to this super-expressive, distinctive Bordeaux blend. Drink it over the next decade.”
“Derive” is French for a spontaneous journey led by the terrain and landscape. 51% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley), 22% Petit Verdot. 50% new French oak for 20 months, then bottled unfined, unfiltered. 90 cases.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Leveling Ranch, Saint Helena, Napa Valley 2014 93+Points,WA 6-pack
93 Points, Galloni:“Superb. Strikingly beautiful. Compelling, delicious. Don’t miss it.” 93+ Points, Wine Advocate: “Offers crushed blackcurrants, black plums, mulberries, cigar box, menthol, iron ore and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers mouth-filling black fruit flavors with ripe, grainy tannins and a good dollop of cedar, finishing with lingering spice box hints.”
First planted in 1864 and still owned by the same family near the western foothills of Saint Helena. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Verdot. 66% new French oak. Unfined, unfiltered. 75 cases
Cabernet Franc, (Côtière’s Westgate Label) Santa Ynez Valley 2016
Winemaker Notes:“Hints of underbrush, mesquite and pencil shavings on the nose. A wonderful core of spiced plum, dark berries, black pepper and leather are all nicely supported by good acidity and ripe tannins – which gives this wine exceptional length and a savory finish.”
The 2016 Cabernet Franc is a 50/50 blend from the low-yielding Mateo Vineyard near Happy Canyon, and the biodynamically farmed, sandy- soiled Martian Vineyard, both in Santa Ynez Valley. 98% Cabernet Franc , 2% Petite Verdot. No new oak, unfined and unfiltered. 75 cases.
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