By Alexa Chipman June 17, 2017
Tucked away in the hills above Glen Ellen, Coturri specializes in natural wine crafted through a neutral environment that allows grapes to blossom without interference. They are a working winery, without a fancy tasting room, surrounded by winemaking equipment, friendly dogs, and a small estate vineyard of primarily zinfandel.
The drive out is picturesque, with greenery arching across the road, glimpses of vineyards meandering up hillsides and native oaks. There is no signage; look for the exact number to turn off, and be ready for a steep, narrow driveway with more potholes than Petaluma after a rainstorm.
Founded in 1979 by the current owner Tony Coturri’s father, it is a family business based on methods learned from his grandfather, Enrico, who was from Italy and brought a sense of winemaking where the innate nature of grapes being used direct the process.
The red wine “Red” blend is smooth, with a supple caramel aroma, using mostly carignane grapes. I enjoyed their syrah, which had a bite of red pepper to it without tannins taking over. The rosé is light and delicious with a berry hint to it, perfect for the hot weather we have been having here in Sonoma County this summer.
Keep in mind that you will need to make an appointment ahead of time, and it is through a series of narrow country roads, but I would recommend stopping by for a solid table wine that has flavor to it without the harshness of Napa wine.