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    Pure - Pinot Noir

    Type of wine
    type of wineRood
    Country
    Grape variety
    Pinot Noir
    Region
    Santa Rita Hills
    Ageing
    Eikenhout foudré 500L+
    Vintage
    Viticulture
    Vinification
    Semi-Carbonique, vergisting met hele trossen, druiven en gekneusde druiven start met een gesloten cuvée tot 5-6% alc, dan openen en pigeage

    Pinot Noir | blend van meerdere wijngaarden | bodem leem over schalie | volledig ontsteelt |  'infusie' stijl, dus geen overpompen en pigeage | gisting start semi-carbonic | daarna rijping op grote oude vaten van Frans hout | geen sulfiet toegevoegd | lichtvoetige wijn | yuicy | rood zomerfruit | lekker koelen | een jaar eerder verkocht dan de andere wijnen van het domaine 

    Domaine de la Côte

    Domaine de la Côte bestaat uit vijf wijngaarden in het westelijkste deel van Sta. Rita Hills. 11km van de Grote Oceaan vandaan. De wijngaarden zijn aangeplant in 2007 vanuit het niets. Sashi en Rajatt waren een van de eersten die hiet druiven gingen aanplanten. Het idee is; 'Winemaking here is like growing pinot noir in a cool vintage in Burgundy, but every year'. DDLC is gestart door Rajat Parr (top sommelier) en Sashi Moorman (wijnmaker). Zij zagen in Santa Barbara een plek waar Charadonnay en Pinot Noir gemaakt kunnen worden die net zo elegant zijn als wijnen uit Europa. Santa Barbara County ligt in het zuiden van Californië en heeft 5 AVA’s waarvan Santa Rita Hill’s voor Sandhi het belangrijkste is. Daar zijn ze opzoek gegaan naar wijngaarden met oude stokken en met noordelijke expositie. Het is in de Santa Rita Hill’s (relatief) koel en er is veel afkoeling door wind van de stille oceaan. De wijnen van Domaine de la Côte worden gerekend tot de meest verfijnde Chardonnay en Pinot Noir die er gemaakt wordt in Amerika. Het gaat bij de wijnen om finesse en waanzinnig pure zuren. 

    Review

    The 2018 Pinot Noir Pure is a blend from multiple vineyards at the domaine, made in an infusion style without sulfur, additives, punchdowns or pumpovers. It fermented semi-carbonic in a closed bin, then was drained, pressed and put into big barrels. It's blended and bottled a year earlier than the other Pinots from Domaine de la Côte for an early drinking style. Sashi Moorman says, "Our other wines are whole bunches, but the Pure is always destemmed. We made the first one by mistake in 2016, because we had extra grapes from all the vineyards that we kept dumping into one tank. It's a great way to look at the fruit in its unmasked and unadulterated state. The wine isn't as serious as the other wines, but it's the most 'transparent' wine from the estate because of the way it's produced. Raj and I also know that doing this to other grapes, often times you end up with a not very interesting wine. So, this fruit, even with zero manipulation, the wine is quite impressive." Pale to medium ruby-purple, it has a pretty nose of berry preserves—blueberry, raspberry and strawberry—with rhubarb, gravel dust, warm cranberry and oodles of floral aromas. It's light to medium-bodied and silky in the mouth with loads of flower and juicy berry flavors, knit by pixelated, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and refreshing. 131 cases were made. 91/100 Erin Brooks

    "Our opinion of the vintage is different than our colleagues because we have a distinct microclimate," Sashi Moorman explains. "What happens here is not representative of what happens in other appellations because we are so far west. The fog comes in earlier and stays around longer. 2016 to 2018, as a trio of vintages, are really special. We finally got out of the drought. 2016 was the most charming of the three. The wines are very forward with lots of fruit." And they are excited about the 2017s, Sashi says. "They are very classic for us, with a little bit more tannin. The 2018s—it's still early, but the wines are just great. With Domaine de la Côte, we really hope people will hold on to these. We really build them up so they'll have a long life in the cellar. It's quite old fashioned. I realized Raj and I are really of a different generation. Some of the wines we produce are made in a style that a lot of people don't pursue anymore." I was very pleased with the quality of the Domaine de la Côte wines in 2017. The wines seem more giving and approachable than other, earlier vintages I've tasted. A visit later in the year to Evening Land, the pair's project in the Willamette Valley, revealed wines with much less overt reductive character than their 2016 counterparts. Except for the Pure cuvée, there is about 20% new oak across the board for the Domaine de la Côte wines. The Siren is made with 50% whole cluster, and the rest of the wines are crafted with 100% whole cluster. "People think we pick early on purpose because we want low alcohol wines," Rajat explains. "But it's because our yields are naturally so low, we have to pick so much earlier because the grapes ripen faster. These wines are all around 13% to 13.5% alcohol. We just pick when it's ripe."