Sta. Rita Hills 'La Côte' Pinot Noir 2021
Domaine de la Côte

Sta. Rita Hills 'La Côte' Pinot Noir 2021
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Introducing the flagship Pinot Noir from the Domaine's 'La Côte' vineyard. Elegantly aromatic, this wine unfolds with a complexity and beauty that's second to none. Indulge in the nuanced flavours and immerse yourself in its rich, expressive character. A true “treat yourself” bottle, perfect for those moments of indulgence. Awarded 98 pts by James Suckling. Limited to 3 bottles each.

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Sta. Rita Hills 'La Côte' Pinot Noir 2021
Rajat parr and Sashi Moorman of Domaine de la Côte

Domaine de la CôteCalifornia

PRODUCER: Domaine de la Côte

REGION: STA.RITA HILLS AVA, CALIFORNIA

FOUNDER/WINEMAKER: RAJAT PARR & SASHI MOORMAN

Established in 2013, Domaine de la Côte has emerged as a beacon of exceptional New World Pinot Noir, quickly gaining a cult following and providing a compelling alternative to traditional Burgundian styles. Renowned sommelier…

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Harvested from the diverse soils of La Côte, a steep southeast-facing hillside vineyard
  • Lauded for its immense structural power, and densely packed flavours
  • Impressive ratings from renowned critics: 98 PTS - James Suckling, 96 PTS - Wine Advocate, 96 PTS - Wine Enthusiast, 95 PTS - Wine Spectator, 95 PTS - Antonio Galloni

TASTING PROFILE:

"The 2021 La Côte’s pugnacious power is evident even on the nose, which declares its arrival with simmering, intense aromas of those tiny but flavour-packed blueberries and red currants you only find in the wild, along with notes of black tea and dried hibiscus flower. All of these impressions are confirmed on the tongue, which instantly recognises the wine’s immense structural power, densely packed flavours, and compactly bundled tannins.

The 2021 La Côte will reward patience, as time in bottle will allow the wine’s spectacular flavours and aromas to integrate more fully with its powerful physical structure, resulting in a wine of rare intensity and beauty." - Jordan Mackay

in the vineyard

  • 100% organic, hand harvested
  • set on a steep southeast facing hillside, with a strong breeze  coming from the west
  • diverse soils ranging from Monterey Shale to Diatomaceous Earth to alluvium
  • Unhindered by the potent winds that affect nearby areas, the vineyard benefits from optimal pollination and reduced shatter (minimal undeveloped berries)

in the winery

  • 100% whole cluster fermentation
  • Fermented in open concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts
  • Aged for 10 months in French oak, 30% new

recommendations

  • Drink well now but can also age for a further 10 years
  • Pair with pan roasted duck and wild mushrooms

IN THE PRESS 

98 PTS - JAMES SUCKLING - "Cool yet ripe strawberries, together with crushed spices, such as cloves and cardamom. Then mushroom and bark. Full-bodied with a solid structure and layers of firm tannins. Great finish. But needs three to six years to soften."

96 PTS - ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE - "The 2021 Pinot Noir La Côte is an energetic wine with plenty of aging potential. In the last couple of years, production from this nine-acre vineyard was halved when the team realized wine quality was better from the top portion of the vineyard, where it is shaly and better protected. Fruit from the bottom half of the vineyard is now allotted to the Pinot Noir Estate. Medium ruby and aromatically layered, it offers scents of pomegranate, cranberries and blackberries with nuances of graphite, lavender and amaro. Medium-bodied, its concentrated fruits are supported by powdery tannins and bright bursts of acidity, and it finishes with detailed accents of bitters and botanicals."

96 PTS - WINE ENTHUSIAST - "Extreme cool-climate qualities show on the nose of this bottling, including asphalt, olive tapenade and truckloads of tumbleweed, with dark-cherry elements adding a fruit tone. Flavors of Pasilla chile in tomato broth show on the utterly unique palate, where cranberry sauce and cracked rainbow peppercorn add to the attention-grabbing complexity."

95 PTS - WINE SPECTATOR - "Ripe and focused, with a core steeled for cellaring by a racy, chalky frame, which is nicely embedded throughout. Delivers light red tea, incense, sanguine and savory details that unfurl slowly through the finish. Long and precise. Best from 2024 through 2034."

95 PTS - ANTONIO GALLONI - "The 2021 Pinot Noir La Côte is the darkest and most brooding of the four Pinots. The stems presence also leave a strong imprint. Black cherry fruit, plum, leather, licorice, menthol, sage and grilled herbs infuse the 2021 with notable gravitas. This powerhouse Pinot needs time, that much is obvious. A cooler year and a marginal site result in an inward Pinot that I think it will always be quite introspective in character."