Wine Advocate 91
"Possessing slightly dark fruit characteristics, with lots of minerality, the 2013 Pinot Noir la Cote still possesses the salty, strawberry, rose petal and spice aromas and flavors that are present in all of these new releases. Medium-bodied, supple (more supple than you'd think) and nicely textured, with a balanced, very drinkable feel, it's another solid Pinot to drink over the coming 4-5 years."
"I had a great tasting with Domaine de la Cote’s winemaker Sashi Moorman. While I found all of the wines to be outstanding, they had an unusual mix of cool-climate aromatics to go with a higher pH, rounder, softer profile on the palate, with distinct saline-like qualities. Sashi attributed this to higher density vines and to different farming methods used (I tasted these next to the Sandhi releases, which were much more classic with regard to their texture/acid balance), but it certainly made me scratch my head. It will be interesting to see how these age."
Vinous Media 90+
"The 2013 Pinot Noir La Côte is powerful and intense, but it is also quite austere. Sweet red cherries, iron, smoke, crushed rose petal, chalk and sage gradually open up in the glass, but the firm tannins clamp down on the mid-palate and finish. At this stage, La Côte is disjointed, with whole cluster and vegetal notes that dominate. It will be interesting to see how the 2013 develops over time, but both bottles I tasted were quite awkward. I also tasted the 2010, which Winemaker Sashi Moorman describes as having been like the 2013 at the same stage in its life. We will see. -- Antonio Galloni"
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Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on the furthest western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: Memorious (3.5 acres), Bloom's Field (7.5 acres), Siren's Call (3 acres), Clos Juliet (1 acre), La Côte (9.5 acres), and 15.5 acres of appellation Sta. Rita Hills. Dramatically rising to an elevation of 700 feet above the Santa Ynez River, the Domaine lies on an ancient 25 million year old siliceous (silex) and diatomaceous seabed 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The Domaine was purchased by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman at the beginning of 2013. Sashi Moorman discovered the site and developed the vineyards with Chris King in 2007. Under his direction, the vineyards were planted entirely to California heritage selections at extremely high vine densities between 4,000 and 7,000 vines per acre, unprecedented at the time for the appellation. Although the Domaine spans a mere 40 acres, the diversity of its climats is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate. Such distinct expression of site, or terroir, in such close proximity, is unparalleled in California.
The Domaine organically farms its vineyards and makes its wines with the philosophy of "add nothing; take nothing away." All the wines are produced and bottled at the winery in the town of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, three miles from the domaine.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic