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Domaine de la Cote Memorious Pinot Noir 2017

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Winemaker Notes

The 2017 is effusive, with a broad aromatic spectrum of dark floral elements, bright red fruits, black tea, and a brooding bass note of iron and incense. The palate beams with liveliness over a texturally rich core of red fruit.

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V 95
The 2017 Pinot Noir Memorious is open-knit and inviting, with striking red fruit character. Blood orange, spice, menthol, licorice and rose petal infuse the 2017 with wonderful dimensions of nuance. A wine of character and pedigree, the Memorious is also remarkably open-knit at this stage. This is a stellar showing.
WE 94
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Woody and meaty aromas of dried cherry, charred beef and a hint of tobacco leaf show on the nose of this bottling. There is a deep core of roasted plum on the sip, where strong acidity delivers auxiliary flavors of incense and pine needle.
RP 92
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Pale to medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Memorious has a pretty nose of saddle leather, gunflint and crushed stone with a core of warm wild blackberries, black raspberries, red raspberry and spiced cranberry sauce with hints of charcuterie, dusty earth and dried herbs. Light to medium-bodied, it has a very nice interplay of spice, savory and restrained fruit in the mouth, with a frame of finely pixelated tannins and great freshness, finishing long.
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Domaine de la Cote, California
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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.

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A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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