Vintner and winemaker Bibiana Pisoni had 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. Framed upon a profile of bright and complex aromas of lemon zest, crisp pear, and honeysuckle, this Chardonnay draws in the senses with its purity and focus. Flavors of lemon curd, fresh vanilla bean, and crushed rock harmonize with the complex, textured mouthfeel, focused acidity, and lengthy finish to create a wine that is a true representation of the potential of this famed AVA. This is a crisp, dry Chardonnay that can compete with Premier Cru Chablis. 334 cases were produced.
Cattleya is the wine brand that Bibiana Pisoni produces. As a recent winemaker of the year for the SF Chronicle, Bibiana is Colombian-born, French-trained and the winemaker for Wayfarer. Cattleya is her own winery which has been touted as one of the most exciting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers coming out of California today. From working at famed Old World domaines including Côte-Rôtie's Domaine Stéphane Ogier, then at Domaine Clusel-Roch to the Bordeaux estates of Château Haut-Brion & La Mission Haut-Brion, Bibiana has been perfecting her winemaking game in California for the last decade. Her single vineyard offerings are among the best in their class and these two newly released Cuvée offerings are a must-try if you love good Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.