VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma 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 to introduce a unique estate label, Domaine de la Côte. Moorman will make the wines using whole-cluster fermentation, no enzymes and ambient yeast at the winery in the town of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, three miles from the domaine.
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. 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
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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