In March I attended a wine tasting with Sashi Moorman at Arlequin Wine Merchant in San Francisco. Sashi had brought wine from three different labels where he is the wine maker. These are Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte and Evening Land Vineyards. The first two are based in Lompoc in Santa Barbara and the last is in Oregon.
In this post I just present notes for the Domaine de la Côte wines and I will later publish one from Sandhi and one from Evening Land where I also have visited.
Summary of impressions from Domaine de la Côte
The Pinot Noirs from Domaine de la Côte has intense, pure and rather dense fruit notes, but also a slight herbal and spicy expression. The texture is silky and smooth and they have nice acidity with some tension. These are very elegant and precise wines that can be enjoyed in their youth but also should have a long life ahead.
My favorite was the Bloom’s Field 2014.
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Tasting notes for Domaine de la Côte
2014 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills
An abundance of strawberries but also some nice raspberry notes, combined with fresh menthol. Nice silky texture and a precise acidity on the palate. This is a precise and elegant Pinot Noir in a rather straight forward style.
2014 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Bloom’s Field
100% whole clusters.
Pure fruit notes from raspberries and strawberries combined with some cherries on the nose. On the palate we also get orange peel and some fresh spices combined with a juicy lime acidity. I also find some earthy notes and smoke, especially in the finish. This Pinot Noir has both some energy and depth in a good balance.
2013 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Bloom’s Field
Intense wine with an abundance of herbal notes, smoke, mushroom and dark fruit from boysenberries, cherries and blueberries. On the palate there are clear notes of eucalyptus and some oranges. The acidity is rather soft but still with some tension. This is a dense, complex and slightly heavy Pinot Noir.
2013 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
50% whole cluster.
Nice red fruit from strawberries and raspberries combined with some darker cherries. On the palate there is a fresh lime acidity and some fine grained tannins but also some notes of pepper and herbs. Well balanced Pinot Noir that is already approachable.