Cotiere “Deriv􏰑e” Red Blend 2017

Napa Valle􏰒y
$50 (Wine Clu􏰓b Reorder Price: $45)

A New World wine with an homage to its Old World origins, Co􏰕tie􏰖re is a low-production, one-man winery that is the reali􏰗ation of owner Kevin Law’s dream that began with his college wine epiphany. He produces small amounts of wine from about twenty-four di􏰘erent vineyards in Santa Barbara County with a total annual production of about 2,000 cases.

Kevin started the Bordeaux varietal program in 2008 with the fi􏰙rst use of Napa Valley fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Lewelling Ranch Vineyard in Saint Helena, and the Merlot is from McKenz􏰗ie Mueller Vineyard in Los Carneros. They expanded their sourcing to Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Santa Yne􏰗z Valley.

The fruit from these disparate vineyards works incredibly well together in this blend, a unique introduction to a wine that blends four Bordeaux varietals, from four di􏰘fferent vineyards located in three of California’s top growing regions! 􏰚It’s an entire showcase of California wine in a single bottle.

This blend is 51% Cabernet Franc (Santa Ynez􏰗), 27% Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley), and 22% Petit Verdot (Santa Ynez􏰗), aged 50% new oak for 20 months, this wine is un􏰙fined and unfiltered. Only 90 cases were produced.

􏰜This Red Bordeaux style cuv􏰝ee is a 50/50 blend of two iconic regions, Napa and Santa Ynez􏰗 Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from St. Helena in Napa Valley and the Merlot of course is from the clay-based soils of Los Carneros. While the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are both from our cooler and local regions right here in Santa Yne􏰗. The fi􏰙nal blend is 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and to 􏰙finish it o􏰘ff – 10% Petit Verdot.􏰞

Vinous 93 points. Jeb Dunnuck 93 points.

Amy Ryan 􏰔– September 2021

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