La Côte is a stunning Californian Pinot Noir from Domaine de la Côte. Made from a perfectly located, small single-vineyard site, it is a worthy rival to the best Burgundy has to offer.
Domaine de la Côte
Domaine de la Côte is a project in the Santa Rita Hills, born out of the Evening Land Vineyards. When Evening Land decided to back out of Southern California, they sold the vineyards to Sashi Mooman, its winemaker in ...Learn more
“At a recent private dinner one person described 'La Cote' as a 'vortex of pleasure'. As tasting notes go I'm not sure I could come up with something as powerful yet as appropriate for this outstanding wine. 'La Cote' is the epitome of everything that is exciting about the 'New California'. A cool climate vineyard and a hands-off winemaker have together created a pure and fresh expression of Pinot Noir with tonnes of sweet alluring fruits and complex spice notes. This wine takes you to another place; dive into the vortex.”
“Dense soy, oyster sauce, and mushroom - all umami. Then a load of cranberry and bitter cherry - ripe but with snap. Light tannin, delicate body and fully loaded flavour. Awesome.”
“Beautifully floral, perfumed nose with sweet raspberries and cherries. The palate has a spicy, sappy edge to the textured, fine cherry and plum fruit, showing great concentration and a mineral energy under the fruit. Such finesse and detail.”
“Bright red. A powerful, deeply pitched bouquet evokes cherry compote, potpourri, smoky minerals and spicecake. Sappy, penetrating and pure, offering intense red fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors that expand slowly while picking up a suave blood orange nuance. Lithe yet powerful pinot with superb finishing clarity, youthfully chewy tannins and resonating spiciness. Extremely promising and among the best pinots I tasted from the region this year.”
“The 2012 Pinot Noir La Côte is the most elusive of these three wines. Here the fruit is quite layered and racy, but the aromatics haven't fully blossomed yet. La Côte is a wine of texture and notable depth, especially within the context of the year. I have seen these wines blossom in bottle, and expect that will be the case here as well, but readers need to be patient”