2013 Ojai Pinot Noir, La Cote Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

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2013 Ojai Pinot Noir, La Cote Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

36.99

Winemaker Notes

This is our first offering from La Cote vineyard, a new site on the far western edge of Santa Rita Hills that we are very excited to work with! At just 12 percent, this has the lowest alcohol level of any pinot we have produced, making for a terroir-driven wine with loamy earth and mushroom-y aromas that meld with the soft flavors of cherry, green-tipped strawberries, and a spicy, vinous quality from the partial whole-cluster fermentation. This exceptionally light red wine is a perfect accompaniment for any picnic in the warm summer sun. 90 cases produced.

Domaine de la Cote is a new venture of my first employee Sashi Moorman and the esteemed sommelier Rajat Parr near Lompoc. The Property consists of six vineyards planted on clay, diatomaceous earth and shale soils with vines spaced at a very tight five feet by three. Organically farmed from the start by the talented Chris King, this vineyard has produced extraordinarily unique wines, unlike anything else from the Sta Rita Hills appellation. Sashi and Raj offered me a small amount of the fruit from the interesting La Cote site in 2013 and I didn’t hesitate to take it, having driven by the vineyard numerous times on my way to Fe Ciega. The ideal aspect of the vineyard, the shale and clay soil, the smart farming and close planting of the vines informed me of the seriousness of intent here—I knew the wine made from these vines would be quirky and profound. And we produced a wine that is immensely aromatic and at the same time unusually delicate and fine. Perfect for these dog days of summer when heavier reds come across as ponderous, this wine drinks a bit like a white wine—all perfume in the aroma and mineral and refreshing on the palate.

2013 Pinot Noir La Cote Vineyard 
The 2013 Pinot Noir La Cote Vineyard is Ojai's first wine from Domaine de la Cote's La Cote vineyard on the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills. Crushed rose petals, earthy notes, smoke, anise, tobacco and mint are some of the signatures. Today, the 2013 comes across as austere and tightly wound, with less mid palate depth than the other Ojai Pinots and unexpressive fruit. It will be interesting to see if the 2013 opens up, or if what is in the glass today is simply the inherent expression of La Cote, a cool, decidedly marginal site for growing Pinot.
90 Antonio Galloni 2016 - 2025 

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