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The Release of Cattleya 2016 Single Vineyard Wines
The Release of Cattleya 2016 Single Vineyard Wines
Join me for a tour along California’s Coastal Wine Region tasting our three Single Vineyard. Making wine in California is a privilege. We’re blessed with gorgeous views and perfect climates across the Golden State. Not far from the rolling coastal hillsides, I make three single vineyard wines which I release together every year. While they are all offered at the same price, each wine is completely unique, an expression of their different varietals which all tell their own story. Let’s drive together through these Pacific-influenced vineyards.
Our single vineyard Chardonnay comes from a tiny vineyard named Pratt Vineyard, with only four rows planted with Clone 15. The result is pure texture with a soft acidity that focuses the wine while allowing it to show its strength. Only 65 cases were made of a 100% New French Oak barrel aging—which I promise you is a treat, especially if you have been enjoying this wine since its first vintage back in 2012.
Next, on our vineyard tour, we’ll drive southeast to the Carneros AVA. I first started making this single vineyard wine thanks to my close relationship with Anne Moller-Racke, and have been creating wines from this site since 2012. Situated in the cool Carneros AVA, Donum Vineyard is tucked away in the lower hills of the Mayacamas Range. With the San Pablo Bay immediately to the south, the vineyard benefits from cooling blankets of fog and gentle sea breezes which extend the growing season. I love fruit that ripens slowly on the vine and Donum offers just that. Slowly ripened grapes focus their aromatic intensity and tannin development, the building blocks of outstanding wine.
2016 was exceptional and this vintage is probably one of our best so far from this site. This exquisite wine has only increased in density and finesse through extra aging in barrel. We bottled a mere 52 cases, so if you are a Pinot Noir lover, you should fill your cellar with wines from the 2016 vintage, making sure to leave room for this beautiful Cattleya single vineyard Pinot.
Driving from Santa Rosa to Monterey County is a common weekend drive for our family and if you have the opportunity, I urge you to do the same. The Soberanes Vineyard, where I source tiny, beautiful, and deeply concentrated Syrah clusters, is located at the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains. It was planted by the Franscionis and Pisonis back in 2007 and let me tell you, there are not many vineyards like this. Ample sunshine is tempered by cool Pacific winds and coastal fog to produce perfectly ripened fruit.
Today, this wine is my most highly regarded, sought-after wine. Each drop is crafted using all my passion for farming, winemaking, and honoring the skills I learned working with my mentors in France. The Soberanes Vineyard Syrah is meant to be enjoyed, shared, and cellared. The 2016 vintage is beautiful in its youth but will age gracefully for the next 15 to 20 years, if not longer.
Thank you all for your tremendous support. Making wine is a fun, joyous experience and I can’t wait to share what is to come with all of you.
Cattleya Chardonnay Highlighted in Wine Spectator Insider
2016 Wines Score High in Sonoma and Napa Valley Region
2016s Among PinotFile Favorites
Brilliant Reviews from Jeb Dunnuck’s Sonoma Regional Report
The Life of our 2016 Cuvée Number One Pinot Noir
The Life of our Cuvée Number One Pinot Noir
I am very excited to introduce you to the first wine from our 2016 vintage, a single vineyard wine: Cuvée Number One.
My winemaking approach
I walk my rows month after month, working very closely with the vineyard team to ensure we obtain beautiful concentration and soft tannin development. We harvest during cold nights and sort fruit in the early morning cluster by cluster. It is a meticulous, hands-on winemaking process with little intervention.
The result, for your enjoyment, is a glass of wine that encompasses complexity and instant gratification with a very intense nose. It’s a wine that is so honest that you can taste the vineyard and the California air on the glass.
2016 was a very early vintage and similar to 2015 in that there were fewer eligible crops to harvest. However, the concentration of the fruit and the aromatic intensity was exceptional. The ripening season went slowly, allowing sugars to concentrate while aromas and tasteful tannins developed. The nights were cold and the average daytime temperatures were not too hot. Foggy mornings certainly helped the slow ripening of our Pinot Noir clusters.
Location: Green Valley
Clones: Pommard and 115
Farming: Double guyot, limited bud count, 1.5 clusters per shoot (between 1 to 2 clusters alternating throughout the trellis), leafing enough to allow perfect air flow between the clusters
Our harvest started on August 24th for our early ripening vineyards, including the Lakeview site in Green Valley. We finished harvest by Sept. 27th with our Syrah grapes coming from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Overall, I could not be happier with the result of the 2016 wines we crafted.
In the fall, we will release our Donum Pinot Noir, Soberanes Syrah and Pratt Chardonnay. The only missing element in our 2016 release will be our Russian River Valley Chardonnay blend. Being a very small harvest, we didn’t have enough fruit to bottle this year, so we decided to focus our chardonnay efforts on the Pratt single vineyard instead.
The humbling recognitions in 2017
Last year was an extraordinary year for us at the winery, full of great reviews and critics raving about our limited production wines. And while we put all our efforts on the vineyards and the winemaking process, we realized how little of the news we have shared with all of you.
Rusty Gaffney from PinotFile, a dedicated report on Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the United States, has selected the Cuvée Number One 2015 as one of the 2017 California Pinot Noir All-Americans:
A decadent, powerful wine that is yet demure in character with oodles of persuasive fruit goodness fueled by spirited acidity and backed by invisible tannins.
In his dedicated article about Bibiana’s wines, Jeb Dunnuck wrote:
Unquestionably part of the upcoming generation of world-class winemakers who will dominate the California wine scene over the coming decades …
For more, check our new website portal Bibianagrp.com to learn all about our reviews, tastings and news.
I hope you have been enjoying the 2015 wines and believe the 2016 release will be a great addition to your wine cellar.
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