2020 Domaine de la Cote La Cote Pinot Noir

Sta Rita Hills, USA

Complex, terroir-driven Pinot Noir from an icon of organic, lo-fi winemaking in California's Sta Rita Hills.



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A wine of tremendous density and power.

98 Points - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

About The Wine

Iconic winemaking pair Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman have set a high bar for Californian Pinot Noir for over a decade now, creating outstanding expressions of terroir and restraint in an area more known for big, bold, and brash.

Their 'La Cote' vineyard sits on southeast-facing hillside at the edge of their estate. Unlike many of their other sites, this particular spot has a huge diversity of soil type: shale, alluvium, and diatomaceous earth all contribute to a truly unique micro-climate.

Fermented in open-top concrete vats (all whole bunches) and aged for a year in 30% new French oak, this is a wine made with balance and precision in mind. There's a generosity of fruit at its core, but made all the more delicious by a minerally, savoury streak backed up by plenty of earth.

About Domaine de la Cote

Domaine de la Cote is the high density Pinot Noir project from famous sommelier Rajat Parr and wine partner Sashi Moorman, located in the Santa Rita Hills, within the Santa Barbara wine region.

The domain is a collection of five vineyards in the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills, seven miles from the Pacific Ocean, planted in 2007. The aim was to investigate multitude of terroirs this land of faults and slopes naturally created.

In no time, their minimal intervention wines, all Pinot Noir, always 100% whole bunch, have established themselves as a preeminent producer of lighter style, lo-fi Californian Pinot Noir, with incredible reviews to match.

In Jancis Robinson own words, “these are wines that eschew the heavy-handed, overripe approach of so many Californian producers. They are beautifully elegant, always refreshing and effortlessly drinkable.”

Owner/ winemaker Rajat Parr
Owner/ winemaker Rajat Parr
Santa Barbara, California
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From The Producer

Refined, lifted, etched—such words come to mind upon first sniff of the 2020 La Côte, a vineyard that tends to make highly expressive wines that require time to find their voice. This vintage, however, the wine finds its expression even in a youthful stage, with gorgeous, pure, high-toned fruit shining with ripeness and generosity, but also traditional definition and precision. Already, a bouquet of spice and deeper, darker, pithier fruit emerges from the wine’s deepest coils, where its ultra-fine tannins seamlessly weave together in a fine, almost glossy texture and a body that allows the flavours to linger pleasurably on the tongue long after the wine has been swallowed.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.1%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2038
Bottle Size : 750ml

Vineyards of Domaine de la Cote
Vineyards of Domaine de la Cote
Santa Barbara, California
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"The 2020 Pinot Noir La Côte is a wine of tremendous density and power. Red cherry/plum fruit, crushed rocks, herbs and rose petal fill out the layers, but La Côte mostly stands out for its huge core of fruit. Here, too, readers will have to be extremely patient. La Côte is a Pinot of real substance. In some vintages, it has been a bit on the excessively savoury side, but Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr nailed the balance in 2020."- Antonio Galloni (Vinous)


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