DE LA COTE
SANTA RITA HILLS - USA
“Breathtakingly delicious and captivating…” - Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com
“This new project from Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr is, even in its first vintage, a hallmark of California’s achievements with this grape. Layer upon layer unfold: intense white-stone minerality, a subtle peppercorn-like spice, bergamot, wintergreen, plum and watermelon. Astonishing energy in this rare bottling.” - Jon Bonne, Top 100 Wines
Domaine de la Côte has, in a very brief period, established itself as one of California’s top proponents of Pinot Noir. It is based on six vineyards - Pinot Noir only - on the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills. Planted at extremely high vine densities (one site is as high as 17,000 vines/ha), each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation, and microclimate. The complexity and diversity of these sites, even though they are in close proximity, is unique in California. From these vineyards the aim is to produce a distinct expression of terroir. The Domaine farms its vineyards organically and makes its wines with the philosophy of ‘add nothing; take nothing away.’ Fruit is picked early before any overtly ripe character can mask the personality of each vineyard, and the resulting wines naturally have a good level of acidity and a moderate level of alcohol - in most cases around 12.5%.
The wines, which really are quite special, embody the philosophy of owners Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr, which centres around freshness, vitality and balance. In Jancis Robinson MW’s words, “these are wines that eschew the heavy-handed, overripe approach of so many Californian producers. They are beautifully elegant, always refreshing and effortlessly drinkable.” Antonio Galloni should have the last word though, stating simply that “these are some of the most viscerally thrilling Pinot Noir’s being made in California today.”
Domaine de la Cote 'Memorious' Pinot Noir 2017
95 points, Antonio Galloni -"The 2017 Pinot Noir Memorious is open-knit and inviting, with striking red fruit character. Blood orange, spice, menthol, liquorice and rose petal infuse the 2017 with wonderful dimensions of nuance. A wine of character and pedigree... This is a stellar showing. 2022 - 2037"
Domaine de la Cote 'Bloom's Field' Pinot Noir 2017
96 points, Antonio Galloni -"The 2017 Pinot Noir Bloom's Field bristles with an intriguing mix of tension and power. Graphite, inky blue fruits, lavender, spice and sage are some of the many notes that run through the 2017. Brisk, saline and wonderfully fresh, the 2017 has a bright future, but it needs at least a few years to really come into its own. There is so much to look forward to. 2022 - 2037"
Domaine de la Cote 'La Cote' Pinot Noir 2017
96+ points, Antonio Galloni -"The 2017 Pinot Noir La Côte is brisk, intensely saline and full of character. Here, the feeling is more of a linear wine built on energy and persistence more than volume. Bright red cherry, red plum, mint, blood orange and star anise add striking inner perfume and nuance. The is another wine that needs time to be at its best, but it is stunning, even in the early going. 2022 - 2037"