2015 Domaine De La Cote La Cote Pinot Noir Santa Rita HillsPinot Noir from United States
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"Only 370 cases made. La Cote vineyard sits in the center of our Domaine on an outcropping of shale. It is nestled behind a massive cliff of diatomaceous earth, protected fr...
- 96 William Kelley - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
96 William Kelley - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Pinot Noir La Côte is fabulous, and probably the greatest offering Domaine de la Côte has released to date—although the 2016 rendition will give it a run for its money in due course. The wine soars from the glass with a bouquet of kaleidoscopic complexity featuring notes of raspberries, red cherries, potpourri, rose hip and sweet spices. On the palate, the La Côte is medium-bodied and expansive, framed by incredibly fine-grained tannins and boasting stunning inner-mouth perfume. The concentration and depth that have been packed into this decidedly elegant, even delicate wine are incredible. This is compelling testimony to what can be achieved in an extreme mesoclimate if one's willing to accept the tiny yields that are essential to achieving full phenolic maturity.
The just-released 2015s are the best vintage yet from Domaine de la Côte...in 2015, stressed vines set a tiny crop, and their shoots didn't reach the top trellis wire. Parr and Moorman observe that as these densely planted vines mature, they're producing more consistent results and delivering slightly higher natural alcohols. To recapitulate what readers may already know, these Pinot Noirs are fermented with significant percentages of whole clusters and without temperature control, then matured in barrels from Tonnellerie Ermitage, the percentage of new wood varying by cuvée. The results are aromatic, sapid reds that evoke the great wines of Burgundy but find a distinctive personality of their own. Without reigniting the stylistic debates that characterized the last decade of California's wine conversation, it's clear that Parr and Moorman have found the perfect site to make the kinds of wines they like to drink, and no one can argue with what they've achieved in 2015 and 2016. To my palate, Domaine de la Côte now numbers among the most exciting producers of Pinot Noir in California precisely because of that synergy between style and site."
93+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2015 Pinot Noir La Côte possesses inner density and depth that give it an inward, implosive feel. A dollop of whole clusters adds some aromatic nuance. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 opens up over time. Today, it is quite reticent and not ready to show all of its cards.
Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman made a stellar set of wines at Domaine de la Côte. The 2015 Pinot are deep, fleshy and layered. In particular, the integration of the whole clusters is better than it has been in the past. This cool-climate, marginal site struggles pretty much every year. In 2015, though, all the elements came together to yield a fabulous set of Pinot Noirs. Sadly, yields are down sharply, as they are throughout the region. Parr added that tanks were about a third full during fermentation."
"Only 370 cases made. La Cote vineyard sits in the center of our Domaine
on an outcropping of shale. It is nestled behind a
massive cliff of diatomaceous earth, protected from
the direct influence of the Pacific’s cold marine air.
La Cote’s southeast exposition allows the vineyard
to absorb the energy of the morning sun and the
exposed shale warms the vines from the nighttime
chill. Our la Cote bottling has always come from
the upper portion of the vineyard. More and more,
the vines just below the oak tree (sous le chêne)
have yielded wine that separates itself from the
rest of la Cote. This section of la Cote forms the
backbone of the 2015 bottling.
The 2015 la Cote is the most cohesive, complete, and integrated wine we’ve ever bottled. In short, we have nothing but unbridled enthusiasm for this wine. True to the vintage, the wine is richly colored and the aromatics are focused and intense. Texturally, the wine possesses electrifying amplitude and pliancy for such a young, tightly wound wine. The persistent and harmonious mid-palate and the way the acidity hums through the finish is striking." -Winery
96 - William Kelley - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93+ - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Taste||ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom|
|Nose||barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato|