Domaine de la Côte “Bloom’s Field” Pinot Noir, 2015

£70.00

Just 1,000 cases of this soaring Californian Pinot were produced.  From a south facing vineyard unprotected from the cooling fogs of the Pacific (see Description below).  Whole bunch fermented and aged in 100% new Ermitage barrels for 16 months.   Burgundian in style with naturally high acidity and incredible energy.  Raspberries and rose petals overlay a leafy, earthy, almost meaty savouriness.  Great length.

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Jancis Robinson – 18.5/20

“Incredible scent – an absolute knockout. Stemmy and herbal yet vivid with cranberry and rhubarb fruit also. Soy and leather. Glossy and perfumed and fragrant. Such beauty. The flavours are extravagant and opulent and show forceful personality without the slightest hint of over-indulgence. Stellar” (RH, 15.03.2018)

Wine Enthusiast – 93pts (2013 Vintage)

“This winery is at the extreme edge of the pick-early, low-alcohol movement, which can make the wines challenging for the usual California Pinot fan. But this Pinot begins on familiar territory, with heady aromas of dried violet and scarlet rose, damp forest floor, and cinnamon-laced cranberry sauce, managing to be both brisk and funky. The flavors are light and tart, but will pick up more savory characteristics from 2018–2024.”  (01.04.2015)

Jancis Robinson – 17.5/20 (2013 Vintage)

“Loads of stem scent – green and herby. So distinctive. Resplendent with dark cherry fruit too. Savoury almost charred note to finish. (RH)”

Domaine de la Côte

 

Domaine de la Côte translates literally to Estate of the Slope. The Domaine is a collection of vineyards planted over 24ha of a south-facing slope at the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Memorious, Bloom’s Field, Siren’s Call, Clos Juliet, and La Côte are the names of the vineyards. Rising to an elevation of 700 feet above the Santa Ynez River, the Domaine sits atop a 25 million year old seabed, 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

The vineyards are planted entirely to California heritage selections at extremely high vine densities between 6,400 and 11,200 vines per hectare. Although the Domaine spans a mere 24ha, the diversity of its climats (terroir) is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate. Such distinct expressions of site in such close proximity is unparalleled in California.

The Domaine was organically farmed from 2007 through 2016. The 2017 growing season marks our transition to biodynamic practices. We make wine with the philosophy of “add nothing; take nothing away.” The wines are vinified, raised, and bottled at their winery in Lompoc, California, 3 miles from the Domaine.

Description

The mountain ranges in Santa Barbara run from east to west, parallel to one another, acting as a channel for the cooling fogs of the Pacific Ocean which can therefore roll inland into the vineyards.  This cooler climate slows down the ripening process allowing the early ripening Pinot Noir grapes to retain their natural acidity while giving them time to develop their full gamut of flavours.  In other words it allows for fresh, complex wines without the sickly “jammy” quality found in so many New World Pinots.

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