Cattleya Wines are the result of a deep and long love story between my soul and wine. I am Bibiana—born and raised in Columbia, trained as a winemaker in France and now growing roots in Sonoma county. All Cattleya wines are made with fruit sourced from beautiful sites, farmed by the greatest viticulturists and talented crews. My ultimate goal is to make wines with soul and character that are unique representatives of their terroir. My wine philosophy is simple: To produce unique wines of extreme purity, power and finesse. Cattleya is my life’s work.
The Pratt Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley, a world-renowned AVA in California. The appellation benefits from a coastal influence and a cold climate, both favorable for making outstanding wines from Burgundian varieties. The vineyard is owned and farmed by Jim Pratt. Only four rows of clone 15 were planted and are farmed carefully for Cattleya, to produce the best clusters of Chardonnay grapes. Thanks to the intensity and complexity of fruit produce from this site, the Cattleya Chardonnay reflects the typicity and exceptional quality of white wines we can produce in Sonoma County from this finicky variety.
Four French oak barrels—2 of which were new—have been tenderly cared for throughout 15 months of aging. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed and the juice was cold-settled overnight for barreling down the next day. The juice sat quietly in the barrel until the fermentation began several days later. By the end of the winter, all 4 barrels had finished both native fermentation as well as malolactic fermentation. A very gentle racking occurred prior to bottling using argon gas and the wine was bottled in January 2016.
Winemaker tasting notes
Gushes with pure, rich layers of marmalade, citrus, honeydew and fig, yet for all the size and richness there’s a sense of elegance and finesse. Ends with a pretty burst of citr us and rose blossom. Drink now through 2021
.—Jim Laube, Wine Spectator