Domaine de la Côte 2014


"These are some of the most viscerally thrilling Pinot Noirs being made in California today” Antonio Galloni

Rajat Parr is making some of the most well respected Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in California, if not the world. His are the Californian wines by which others’ are measured, and we are delighted to be able to offer them.

Wine Case Size Price/ In Bond
2014 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 12 432.00
2014 Domaine de la Côte Memorious Pinot Noir 6 252.00
2014 Domaine de la Côte Bloom's Field Pinot Noir 6 312.00
2014 Domaine de la Côte La Côte Pinot Noir 6 402.00
2014 Domaine de la Côte Siren's Call 6 522.00

 

Tasting notes


2014 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is an absolutely delicious wine that also captures the essence of the house style. Lifted and gracious, the 2014 offers striking purity in its flavors, not to mention impeccable overall balance. Citrus, cranberry, strawberry and expressive floral notes grace the taut, salivating finish. Score: 90 Antonio Galloni (Sep 2016)

A blend of each of the vineyards. This has light aromatics, savory, red-fruit palate with sweet spice, with a sour cherry finish that opens to notes of strawberry and dark chocolate. Approachable and drinkable now, with good harmony and balance. Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2017)

2014 Domaine de la Côte Memorious Pinot Noir

The 2014 Pinot Noir Memorious is another attractive, translucent Pinot from Domaine de la Côte. Bright red cherry, cranberry, mint and chalky notes are nicely delineated throughout. Ripe, silky tannins add to an overall impression of grace. Here, it is the wine's long yet understated finish that steals the show. Score: 92 Antonio Galloni (Sep 2016)

Perfumed aromatics… The palate… offers pure red-cherry fruits, a rub of ginger and just a hint of clove with an evergreen note appearing through the finish. Supple tannins and balanced acidity with a very faintly peppery accent throughout. Finishes with a light flavour of Christmas cake – a pop of cherry, mix of sweet spice, and just a hint of almond. Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com

2014 Domaine de la Côte Bloom's Field Pinot Noir

Domaine de la Côte's 2014 Pinot Noir Bloom's Field is terrific. All the elements come together effortlessly. The 2014 is lifted and translucent, as these wines always are, and yet there is more than enough depth through the mid-palate and finish to give the wine harmony and texture throughout. Rose petal, mint and chalk add freshness to the vibrant, red-fleshed fruit notes. Score: 93 Antonio Galloni (Sep 2016)

Aromatics of sweet spice and red fruit  with an underlying meaty note. The palate [has] spice notes with dusty red cherry… orange zest, rose petal and hints of nasturtium with an underlying meaty-savoury quality. This wine has an ample, lush presence [with] plenty of tannins through the finish while remaining approachable and supple. There is a lot of complexity here that will no doubt continue to integrate and evolve in bottle to also gain further elegance. Score:18 JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2017)

2014 Domaine de la Côte La Côte Pinot Noir

The 2014 Pinot Noir La Côte is utterly beguiling in the glass. The aromatics alone are enticing, but the wine is much less forthcoming on the palate. Readers will have to be patient with the 2014, as it needs time. Beams of tannin and acidity give the wine its overall shape. There is quite a bit to look forward to. This is an especially austere style for the Sta. Rita Hills that speaks to the marginal growing conditions of this site near the Pacific Ocean. Score: 91 Antonio Galloni (Sep 2016)

Perfumed and floral aromatics with notes of rose and cherry blossom… The palate carries dusty rose and alpine cherry through a long savoury band… There is plenty of power here carried on a light-bodied wine and the finish is extended and ample thanks to tons of palate-stimulating sapidity. The La Côte offers more integrated and supple tannins with a silky mouthfeel compared with the tactile tannins of the Siren’s Call. The La Côte Pinot has an investment in elegance with a lush generosity. The La Côte is the most harmonious and balanced of the single-vineyard designates currently. Charming, beautiful and delicious with a silken texture. Score: 18.5 JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2017)

2014 Domaine de la Côte Siren's Call

The 2014 Pinot Noir Siren's Call is bright, pungent and salivating. Whole clusters play an important role in defining the wine's signature aromatic profile. Herbs, dried flowers, licorice and cedar give the wine its distinct savoriness, while the fruit is more in the background. This is an especially virile, tightly wound Pinot from Domaine de la Côte. Score: 91 Antonio Galloni (Sep 2016)

Savoury sapidity… with flavours of broken rosemary, a sprinkle of rock salt… smoky herbs, and just a kiss of lightly grilled cherry, that evolve into notes of pure red fruit… Deft integration of oak [which] offers a frame to the flavour…  Great elegance, unison and complexity, which speaks well to its future in bottle. 17.5+ JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2017)

The Domaine

The philosophy at Domaine de la Côte is “add nothing; take nothing away”. This is Pinot Noir fashioned from whole bunch fruit, without oak influence and with immense energy. Rajat Parr seeks to create “profound and balanced pinot noirs”: thoughtful, terroir-driven, nuanced wines which reflect their origins. These are lifted, aromatic and graceful wines of great purity that should appeal to any lover of this most mercurial of grapes.

The Domaine is a collection of 6 vineyards, farmed organically, planted over 40 acres on the furthest western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: La Côte (9.5 acres), Bloom’s Field (7.5 acres), Memorious (3.5 acres), Siren’s Call (3 acres), Clos Juliet (1 acre) and 15.5 acres of appellation Sta. Rita Hills. Dramatically rising to an elevation of 700 feet above the Santa Ynez River, the Domaine lies on an ancient 25 million year old siliceous (silex) and diatomaceous seabed 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Rajat Parr’s partner Sashi Moorman discovered the Domaine site and developed the vineyards in 2007. Under his direction, the vineyards were planted entirely to California heritage selections at extremely high vine densities between 4,000 and 7,000 vines per acre, unprecedented at the time for the appellation. Although the Domaine spans a mere 40 acres, the diversity of its climats is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate. Such distinct expression of site, or terroir, in such close proximity, is unparalleled in California.


The vintage

2014 was the third in a string of excellent vintages for Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara. The wines are deep, supple and site-expressive, structured around ripe tannins and bright acidity, potentially the best since 1994.

2014 was also the second in a series of drought vintages, making for an accelerated growing season, which began with early flowering after a mild winter and culminated in an exceptionally early harvest. It is shaping up to be a fascinating year, a true “winemaker’s vintage”.