2014 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir SKU #1329467


DC 97 W&S 93 VN 90
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Domaine de la Cote is a collection of vineyards planted over to over sixty acres of a south-facing slope at the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. It's managed by Raj Parr, the former wine director for the Mina group. The Domaine has been organically farmed since 2007 and during the 2017 growing season it transitioned to biodynamic practices. The winemaking philosophy is "add nothing; take nothing away." The 2014 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot is a Burgundian style, low alcohol, light-bodied wine with pure crunchy fruit and bright, vibrant acidity. Fans of Gevry-Chambertin will want to take note.

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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I was intrigued at first by the latest vintage of Domaine de la Côte not because of it's reviews from the American press, but rather due to its massive 97 point score from the British-based Decanter magazine. The Brits tend to celebrate classic, true-to-form wines rather than big, brash, in-your-face pomposity and I was curious as to why they were lavishing a California Pinot Noir with such praise. Then I realized that Domaine de la Côte was Raj Parr's estate, the former wine director for the Mina Group and renowned sommelier who spearheaded his own old world project in the Santa Rita Hills. The domaine is collection of vineyards that makes up more than 60 acres on a south-facing slope at about 700 feet, roughly seven miles from the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Barbara area has long been a Mecca for California winemakers looking for cooler climates to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Tasting the 2014 Santa Rita Hills expression (a blend of all the estate vineyards), you could tell you were getting serious Pinot Noir just by looking at the color in the glass. Lighter in hue (classic Côte de Beaune rouge), lower in alcohol at 12.5%, and aromatic on the nose, I could have been easily fooled had someone passed this off as French. The wine has tremendous acidity, concentration of crunchy red fruits, and real old world character. Sometimes it's hard to remember that Pinot Noir like this is still being made in California! Those of you looking for a mid-range Thanksgiving dinner option might want to snatch this up while we have it at this price. American made with a nod to the Côte d'Or.


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