APPELLATION BLEND SERIES
Sonoma and Napa
I am dedicated to the land where grapevines take root. My training in France and my obsession with detail can be tasted in each of the wines I create. I invite you to take the first step into my world. Prepare yourself to experience intensity, precision, and elegance, balanced by power and texture; these are the traits which are most important to me.
My numbered cuvées reflect the stories behind the wines, and also indicate you are tasting one of my appellation blends. These are wines which come together in a synergy of different vineyard lots and clones.
Cuvée Number Five
Ah, the Pacific Coast! It’s a place of almost otherworldly beauty, where my thoughts drift to daydreaming about clusters of grapes as I drive down the winding roads. The dense fog, the ocean, the salty breeze, all of these are elements which impact the vibrancy, minerality, and precision of this Sonoma Coast wine.
I have been waiting for a while, to produce a blend with Sonoma Coast fruit that would capture the essence of the cooling influence of the ocean proximity, revealing complexity, acidity, minerality and longevity. Chardonnay is a special varietal. It seduces with its complex array of flavors and texture. This wine evokes pure lemon meringue pie with intense acidity and a long, persistent finish.
Our Cuvée Number Five is composed of different vineyards influenced by the cooling effect of the coastal fog and multiple clones.
Cuvée Number One
My first vintage of Cuvée Number One was back in 2014. A perfect vintage to start making an appellation blend. That year saw bountiful, beautiful fruit.
One of my favorite things to do is to walk vineyards, allowing my mind to fly to places where I visualize the process of transforming the fruit into wine. Then, when the harvest is all over, and the wine sits quietly in barrels, each clone, block, vineyard site is left alone to achieve its magical balance of aromas, flavors, and texture. For this specific Cuvée, I use four different blocks from a very special vineyard in the heart of Green Valley. As the popularity of this wine grows, the quantities are slowly increasing, as vineyard manager Jim Pratt assigns new blocks to Cattleya. The year 2018 saw a significant increase in fruit for me, with the addition of a new clone: 114 and the increase of our beloved Pommard.
This wine explodes with red fruit aromas with a full body in the mouth and soft texture contributing to the long, lingering finish. A wine to enjoy in its youth but if you’re patient, it will age gracefully for the next 5 to 10 years.