Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on the furthest western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: 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. 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.
The Domaine was purchased by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman at the beginning of 2013. Sashi Moorman discovered the site and developed the vineyards with Chris King 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 Domaine organically farms its vineyards and makes its wines with the philosophy of “add nothing; take nothing away.” All the wines are produced and bottled at the winery in the town of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, three miles from the domaine.
The 2018 'La Côte' bottling from Domaine de la Côte is another fine bottle of pinot noir in the making. Like the 2018 Bloom’s Field, this is a touch riper than in some vintages, coming in at 13.5 percent octane, but offering up the estate’s signature purity and transparency down to the soil. The nose jumps from the glass in a youthful blend of black cherries, fresh herb tones, espresso, a fine base of soil, woodsmoke, gamebird, incipient notes of beetroot and a deft framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and sappy at the core, with fine soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and a long, vibrant and beautifully balanced finish. This will be very velvety when it is ready to drink and a lovely bottle. (Drink between 2028-2060) - John Gilman, 94 points