Published at Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:40:48 +0000
14.7 percent alc.,pH 3.52, TA 0.67, 143 cases, $50.
Spring release. Sourced from
Lakeview Vineyard in the Green Valley of Russian River
Valley. Every clones fermented in
its own fermenter. 100% de-stemmed. 5 to 10-day
cold soak, fermented on skins for 22 days. Each clone aged
separately in French oak barrels for 11 months.
·Moderate garnet color
in the glass. Aromas of Bing cherry raspberry, redwood grove
and sous-bois. Intense on the attack with mouth filling flavors of black
cherry and black raspberry fruits. A wine that is yet
demure in nature with oodles of fruit goodness that was persuasive fueled by
spirited acidity and endorsed by tannins. The finish is exceptional and endowed with uncommon generosity. This wine was tasted by me during the time of a day and it never wavered
in its character. Wow! Score:96
2015 Cattleya Cuvée Number One Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
The 2015 wines include both spring and fall releases and are highly recommended. Sold
through an mailing list, they are not cheap, but they reflect the passion and expertise of a winemaker using sources of the highest quality. Formats are available. For more
information, visit www.cattleyawines.com
. All wines are made and bottled by Cattleya Wines, Santa Rosa,
CA, except the Alma de Cattleya which was vinted and bottled by Cattleya Wines, Rohnert Park, CA (winery on
label may have had little to do with creating the wine in the specified address).
After an educational experience working at Château Haut-Brion, she moved to California in 2004, gaining
winemaking experience while working two harvests at wineries which included La Crema, Peay Vineyards, Au
Bon Climat and Qupé, before becoming the Director of Winegrowing and Winemaking in Lynmar Estate in
2009. Bibiana would depart Lynmar Estate in 2011 to become the winemaker for Pahlmeyer’s Sonoma Coast
project, Wayfarer. At Wayfarer she created exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnays that won widespread praise
in the wine media including All-American awards from the PinotFile.
Bibiana most recently became the winemaker for each of Pahlmeyer wines, hard her to divide her
energies between the winery’s Napa Valley vineyard and winemaking operations and the winery’s Wayfarer
Sonoma Coast project. I’ve spent some time with Bibiana and she is a very dedicated workhorse, juggling
her time between winemaking and vineyard management, along with her husband, Jeff Pisoni, the winemaker for
Pisoni Vineyards, and their two young boys, Diego and Lucas.
A second, value-priced label, Alma de Cattleya, offers Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Alma
means “soul” in Spanish. These wines are distributed in Columbia.
14.2 percent alc., 50 cases, $70. Sourced from
the oldest (37-years-old) vines at Donum, the West Slope. Roederer clone. Whole cluster. 5-
day cold soak, fermented on skins for 18 days then barreled down. Aged in French oak
barrels. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Nose offering aromas of exotic spicesearth, dark chocolate and blackberry preserves. Silky
and seductive in the mouth with impressive harmony, displaying mid weight flavors of darker cherry,
black cherry and pomegranate accompanied the thread of walnut and by a tone. Well structured but integrated tannins. Score:94