Domaine de la Cote 'Memorious' Pinot Noir 2015
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This is a red wine imageDomaine de la Cote 'Memorious' Pinot Noir 2015

 
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"The 2016 Pinot Noir Memorious, from a 3.5-acre parcel that's typically the last to be harvested, offers up a lifted and perfumed nose of Griotte cherry, orange rind, cassis, currant leaf, raspberry and rose hip. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with a rich chassis of supple tannins, lovely depth at the core, superb concentration and a long, lingering finish. A strong undercurrent of salinity always seems to distinguish this ... read more
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Item ID: #28875
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 94
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Memorious, from a 3.5-acre parcel that's typically the last to be harvested, offers up a lifted and perfumed nose of Griotte cherry, orange rind, cassis, currant leaf, raspberry and rose hip. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with a rich chassis of supple tannins, lovely depth at the core, superb concentration and a long, lingering finish. A strong undercurrent of salinity always seems to distinguish this site, and that's unmistakably present in the 2016 rendition."

The Wine
The Memorious vineyard is named after the experimental seedlings Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman started growing in 2007. Melissa, Sashi’s wife, collected and cleaned over 10,000 grape seeds that were eventually germinated and planted in the one acre below the Memorious vineyard. As these seedlings have grown they have revealed the genetic history of Pinot Noir – white, red and pink grapes can be found among the individual seedlings! These seedlings represent the “memories of Pinot Noir,” the rich and mysterious ancestry of a wine grape that is more than 2000 years old.

The wine was fermented with 50% whole bunches in large concrete tanks. The high-toned red fruit aromas counter-balance the spicy and earthy texture. The wine has a suave texture and is the earthiest of our wines this year. This wine would probably benefit from ageing.

The Estate
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.

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Domaine De La CoteDomaine 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

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