VOLUME 10, ISSUE 14
July 12, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Wayfarer Wines Grab My Attention - Again Fathers & Daughters Cellars: Inaugural Releases from Ferrington Vineyard Airlie Winery: Sweet Spot Pinot Noir Gypsy Canyon Kingston Family Vineyards Many Very Good to Extraordinary California Pinot Noirs Tasted Recently Several Very Good to Extraordinary Oregon Pinot Noirs Tasted Recently Sips of White Wines Tasted Recently Update on Happenings at Soliste Pinot Briefs
Domaine de la Côte
Evening Land Vineyards sold its 40 acres of vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills to winemaker Sashi Moorman, sommelier Rajat Parr, and their business partners. Sashi discovered the site and developed the vineyards with Chris King in 2007. The vineyards are planted entirely to California heritage selections at extremely high vine densities between 4,000 and 7,000 vines per acre, unprecedented for the appellation.
The partners chose to introduce a unique French-inspired estate label for Domaine de la Côte. Moorman makes the wines using whole-cluster fermentation and ambient yeast at the winery in the town of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, three miles from the vineyards.
The six vineyards are just seven miles from the ocean and are planted on a soil base unique to a small section of the Sta. Rita Hills known as diatomaceous earth. The vineyards are: Memorious (3.5 acres), Bloom's Field (7.5 acres), Siren's Call (3 acres), Clos Juliet (1 Acre), La Côte (9.5 acres), and 15.5 acres of appellation Sta. Rita Hills.
The wines are sold to allocation list members and to select restaurants. Visits are available for list members by appointment.
Articles About Domaine de la Côte
2012 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., 2,100 cases, $45. 25% of vines are own-rooted at a vine density of 4,000 vines per acre. 50% whole cluster fermentation, aged in 0% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is replete with whole cluster goodness including aromas of wilted rose, spice and wet bark. Fresh and juicy with mid weight flavors of purple berries and spice and a floral note in the background. Easy to approach now with supple but structured tannins and a tangy finish. Score: 90. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Domaine de la Côte Bloom’s Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., 500 cases, $70. 100% whole cluster fermentation, aged in 0% new French oak barrels for 20 months. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is similar to the Sta. Rita Hills bottling with rose petal and spice playing a large role, but the aromas are more penetrating. Round, polished and discreetly concentrated with upfront flavors of blueberry and black raspberry. Nicely balanced with modest tannins and plenty of zip and zing. Score: 92. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Domaine de la Côte La Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 300 cases, $90. From a small section of a 9-acre parcel that is planted in broken shale. The first vineyard harvested and always produces the most opulent wine. 100% whole cluster fermentation, aged in 0% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Compelling aromas of boysenberry, black raspberry, spice and purple rose. Very smooth and polished on the palate with layers of purple berry, plum, and spice flavors. Impeccably balanced with tannins hiding in the background, juicy acidity, and a remarkably intense finish. Still a little moody and will benefit from more time in bottle. This wine is the epitome of ephemeral. Score: 94. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2011 Domaine De La Côte Estate Bloom’s Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., 360 cases, $55. The vineyard is 7.5 acres planted to three California heritage selections of Pinot Noir (Mount Eden, Swan and Calera). The name comes from the planting date of the vineyard which was Bloom’s Day (6/16/07). The clay topsoil is rich in iron and well-drained. The Pacific Ocean is 8 miles to the West so it is a cold microclimate. Typically, the clusters are very small with high levels of acidity. 90% whole cluster. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. This wine has the exotic perfume that can only come from whole cluster with waves of dark red and black berries, imported spices, and a floral whiff complimented by sweet oak. A delicious wine that makes you sit up and take notice of the plethora of plum, blueberry, black raspberry and pomegranate fruit supported by broad-shouldered tannins and bright acidity. Amazing sense of concentration despite the low alcohol level. The exhilarating finish seems to linger for half a minute. Even more enjoyable the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »
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