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Domaine de la Côte "la Côte" Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, 2017

$100.00
Domaine de la Côte "la Côte" Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, 2017

Domaine de la Côte "la Côte" Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, 2017

$100.00
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The 2017 Vintage for This Producer:

The winter of 2017 was punctuated by heavy rains in California. By the end of February, the Santa Rita Hills had fully emerged from a long drought that had characterized the last three vintages.

Spring ensued with mild and even temperatures bringing a typical bud break in early March. Flowering followed the first week of May and moderate temperatures remained until veraison – with only a few days of the summer exceeding the mid-eighties. Our harvest began with the Pied de Cuve on August 21.

The main harvest started on August 25th - about a week later than in 2016 - and concluded on September 2nd. We narrowly escaped the heat spikes of early September that dictated the vintage for much of our region.

In the winery, we continued with our practice of implementing a Pied de Cuve - a traditional, though oft-forgotten winemaking technique useful in cultivating native yeasts and a healthy spontaneous fermentation. Thereafter, we filled our open-top concrete tanks with whole bunches, fermented the wine until dryness and gently pressed the skins. After a short settling of the new wine, the wines were moved to barrels, all from a single cooper, Tonnellerie Ermitage, for fourteen months of elevage before bottling with no fining or filtration.

This Special Wine:

The 2017 la Côte brilliantly resonates in the glass: aromas of pomegranate and sour cherry are enlaced with sandalwood and anise. Lush red fruit and dark, cooling tones of licorice extend across the palate with remarkable breadth. Its beguiling concentration and elegant tannins promise that this wine is only alluding to the complexity it will display with age.

La Côte blankets a steep southeast-facing hillside on the leeward slope of our domaine. Unimpeded by the inexorable winds that confront Bloom’s Field and Memorious to the west, la Côte enjoys more optimal pollination and less shatter. The vineyard possesses the most heterogeneous soils of our estate: its bedrock varies from Monterey Shale to Diatomaceous Earth to alluvium, and the associated soils range from shallow and rocky - with a plethora of broken stones - to rich and homogenous downslope.