|Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisoni. Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines. In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my dream has been to make wine. At a very young age I was fortunate enough to begin learning how to make wine in France. I trained myself while working with some amazing winemakers who showed me the importance of loving the land, how to respect the farming itself, and to focus on the many details that go into making each drop of wine in each and every bottle.” She also made the wines at Pahlmeyer, and produces “Shared Notes” wines with husband Jeff Pisoni. All those ingredients together and you have one of the best winemakers in the country!|
Bibiana’s Tasting Notes: “A beautiful, shimmering dark ruby profile from rim to core, the 2018 Cattleya Cuveé Number One Pinot Noir showcases the best the Russian River Valley has to offer. The epitome of purity, this wine bursts from the glass aromatically with notes of ripe raspberry, black cherry, and strawberry cream. A blanket of soft, velvety tannin envelops juicy flavors of red currant, crushed strawberries, and blackberry crisp. Painstaking attention to detail during fermentation has created a wine of unmatched focus and intensity, while extended barrel aging delivers a level of complexity that will warrant a second glass. The cool growing climate from which this cuvée is born, provides a backbone of age-worthy acidity that suggests patience in opening your next bottle will be greatly rewarded.”
Tasting Notes: A basket of red berries draped in a blanket of soft, velvety tannin, this cool climate Pinot Noir is the epitome of Russian River Valley purity and elegance.
Bibiana’s Tasting Notes: “A glistening greenish-gold hue as it splashes into the glass, the 2018 Cattleya Cuvée Number Five Chardonnay embodies the finest characteristics of this varietal in the cool, maritime climate of the Sonoma Coast. Tightly wound as it takes its first breath, this wine begins to open with each swirl; possessing notes of red apple skin, lemon peel, white peach, and distinct coastal aromatics of crushed rock and sea breeze. On the palate, complexity presents itself with flavors of baked apple, green pear, and stone fruit that marry with texture and palate weight from months of undisturbed lees contact in neutral French oak. Focused acidity on the finish showcases the purity of the fruit, all while suggesting this wine will continue to amaze for years to come.”
Tasting Notes: This is a classically made Chardonnay with a lively mineral profile and alluring freshness derived from the maritime influence of the Sonoma Coast. Enjoy the complex notes of white peach and wet stone, complimented by focused acidity and a long textured finish.
The Cuvee 5 is a classically made Chardonnay with a lively mineral profile and alluring frehsness derived from the maritime influence of the Sonoma Coast. Upfront, sexy and round in texture. Enjoy the floral character and the zesty hints of lime, which are rounded out by a creamy texture in the mid-palate where you are greeted by tropical fruits and white flowers and a touch vanilla. This is a flashy Chardonnay that you will be able to enjoy for years to come!
Also check out these other great wines from Bibiana:
ALMA DE CATTLEYA 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC, SONOMA COUNTY
CATTLEYA 2016 SYRAH “SOBERANES” SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS – 98 POINTS!
CATTLEYA 2017 PINOT NOIR BELLY OF THE WHALE – RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 96 POINTS
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