2016 domaine de la cote, la cote pinot noir, sta. rita hills
Why We're Buying
Domaine de la Côte has become one of California’s foremost proponents of pinot noir. It’s hard to argue when the results look like La Côte Pinot Noir. The resolute red wine melds layers of ripe raspberries and cherries against a prominent mineral tension. The subtle spice and grippiness of the finish make it a wine that’s hard to forget.
The 2016 Pinot Noir La Côte is lifted and very precise, with a more distinctly savory and red-toned profile than the other Pinots in the range. Bright acids run through a core of cranberry, blood orange, white pepper, chalk and mint. Readers will find a chiseled, beautifully sculpted Pinot that is all energy and precision. The 2016 needs a bit of time to soften, but it is super-impressive.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
While several of the Domaine de la Côte wines were surprisingly expressive given their bottling a few days earlier, the 2016 Pinot Noir La Côte was the most reticent—and also potentially the greatest and most ethereal. It unfurls with coaxing to reveal a highest toned bouquet of raspberry, Griotte cherry, citrus zest and rose petal, followed by a silky, medium-bodied and multidimensional palate, with an extraordinary mineral, saline presence that is compellingly singular. The finish is long and tangy. While Parr and Moorman eschew such comparisons, it would be fascinating to pour this wine blind in a flight of great Burgundies.