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 makes the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Pahlmeyer and owns the “Shared Notes” wine venture with husband Jeff Pisoni
Tasting Notes: This is a great taste of the freshness of Sonoma without the sticker shock, showing freshly pressed red berries, vanilla and wet slate on the nose. It’s light in density on the sip, so the flavors of cranberry, carnation, wet earth and brown spice sail effortlessly across the palate.
Winemaker Notes: “This Pinot Noir is a true expression of the varietal grown on the Coastal areas of Sonoma County with complex and delicate aromas of raspberries, cherries, wild strawberries and spicy notes. The under forest character adds complexity to a wine that shines by its acidity balanced with soft tannins. Enjoy for everyday occasions..”
Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points: “A blend of sites and clones, all from Sonoma County, the 2018 Pinot Noir was destemmed and brought up in neutral French oak. There were 2,000 cases made. Revealing a medium ruby/translucent purple hue to go with a beautiful nose of spiced strawberries, raspberries, crushed flowers, and violets, it’s beautifully textured and medium-bodied, with good acidity and outstanding length. You’re going to be hard pressed to find a better Sonoma County Pinot Noir at the price, and it’s going to drink brilliantly for 2-4 years.”
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