Domaine-de-la-Côte La Côte Pinot Noir 2021 750ml - The Grape Tray
Domaine-de-la-Côte La Côte Pinot Noir 2021 750ml
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Domaine-de-la-Côte La Côte Pinot Noir 2021

  • js98
  • wa96+
  • we96
  • ws96
  • v95


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Category Red Wine
Origin California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Domaine-de-la-Côte
Alcohol/vol 13.7%

Winery Notes:

Tasted without aeration the 2022 La Côte is as complex as ever, showing the vintage in its vivacious, honeyed, soft-fruited side. This dimension is quickly met by a powerful, insistent base of bark, earth, green leaves, and tart berries before finishing in a rush of tea-like, slightly bitter-tinged tannins and a clang of acid-driven energy. These closing notes contain clues to the wine’s future. Perhaps a bit intense for immediate drinking, they presage a graceful passage to maturity in which the flavors will meld and the texture will become smooth as glass.

In short, all this beautiful, romantic complexity is a good head on the shoulders of a strong body—the wine is impressive today(if given some air), but will evolve majestically.

James Suckling
  • js98

Cool yet ripe strawberries, together with crushed spices, such as cloves and cardamom. Then mushroom and bark. Full-bodied with a solid structure and layers of firm tannins. Great finish.

March 2023
Wine Advocate
  • wa96+

The 2021 Pinot Noir La Côte is an energetic wine with plenty of aging potential. In the last couple of years, production from this nine-acre vineyard was halved when the team realized wine quality was better from the top portion of the vineyard, where it is shaly and better protected. Fruit from the bottom half of the vineyard is now allotted to the Pinot Noir Estate. Medium ruby and aromatically layered, it offers scents of pomegranate, cranberries and blackberries with nuances of graphite, lavender and amaro. Medium-bodied, its concentrated fruits are supported by powdery tannins and bright bursts of acidity, and it finishes with detailed accents of bitters and botanicals.

Erin Brooks, December 2022
Wine Enthusiast
  • we96

Extreme cool-climate qualities show on the nose of this bottling, including asphalt, olive tapenade and truckloads of tumbleweed, with dark-cherry elements adding a fruit tone. Flavors of Pasilla chile in tomato broth show on the utterly unique palate, where cranberry sauce and cracked rainbow peppercorn add to the attention-grabbing complexity.

Matt Kettmann, April 2023
Wine Spectator
  • ws96

This sports dark cherry, currant and raspberry fruit flavors that are mulled in feel, but kept taut and lively by a torrent of acidity, while sage, warm earth, white pepper, savory and flint notes bounce around. Overall a bit sauvage in feel, this is a compelling wine, but needs cellaring to tame it and allow it to stretch out. Best from 2026 through 2038. 368 cases made.

James Molesworth, May 29, 2024
  • v95

The 2021 Pinot Noir La Côte is the darkest and most brooding of the four Pinots. The stems presence also leave a strong imprint. Black cherry fruit, plum, leather, licorice, menthol, sage and grilled herbs infuse the 2021 with notable gravitas. This powerhouse Pinot needs time, that much is obvious. A cooler year and a marginal site result in an inward Pinot that I think it will always be quite introspective in character.

Antonio Galloni, September 2023

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