Côtière, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, California, 2019
Overview of the Wine Côtière began in 2006 with our first commercial release, focussing on primarily Pinot Noir. With each vintage we strive to work exact rows, blocks and clones with acreage contracts whenever possible. This enables us to make small adjustments in farming techniques if needed, which is critical for producing top quality wines. We own and operate the very best equipment to ensure the best possible product, while maintaining a minimal winemaking philosophy. This allows the vineyards to be showcased and not the winemaking. Transparency as a winemaker always makes the best wines, particularly with Pinot Noir.
Currently, we work with much of the same vineyards but also have added a few new ones. We are very fortunate to be involved with some of the best vineyards on the central coast, which includes Talley Rincon Vineyard, Presqu’ile, Hilliard Bruce, La Encantada, Murmur Vineyard as well as La Rinconada and Sanford and Benedict for all our Burgundy varietals. Working with Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir along side Santa Maria Valley is incredibly rewarding due to their unique expressions. Our primary goal is to capture that unique expression in every bottle made.
The Bordeaux varietal program has expanded over the past decade. 2008 was our first introduction to Napa Valley fruit, and now not only have we continued with this program but expanded to Santa Ynez Valley for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot - which do incredibly well in the warmer regions of Santa Barbara County. The Cabernet Sauvignon will always be sourced from Lewelling Ranch Vineyard in Saint Helena, and the Merlot from Mckenzie Mueller Vineyard in Los Carneros. Both sites have well established vines planted in the late 1980s and mid 1990s. We are so incredibly honored to have this opportunity.
The relatively new Presqu'ile Vineyard is a fairly cool site, which leads to wines with perhaps slightly more old-world inflection than those from our other vineyards. The Presqu’ile Vineyard is in a perfect location for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Set between the San Rafael Mountains to the north and the Solomon Hills to the south, these transverse mountains allow strong maritime influences to funnel inland, resulting in unusually long “hang time” - 125 days on average. The rolling hills throughout the vineyard are ancient sand dunes which rangebetween 200 and 1,000 feet in elevation.
The 2019 Santa Barbara Cuvée is primarily from the Santa Rita Hills Vineyard, as well as the Sanford & Benedict, La Rinconada, and the Hilliard BruceVineyards. MakingthisclassicPinotNoirprimarilyfromthe Sta.Rita Hills AVA. All the components meld together into a nice fruit forward yet savory and earthy wine.
Grape / Blend 100% Pinot Noir
Origin Santa Barbara, California
Tasting Notes The 2019 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Cuvée has a classic nose of earthy woodsmoke, cola, tobacco leaf and ripe red and black cherries, dark berries and very pretty floral hints. Medium bodied and savory, it gives up layers of fruit and classic Pinot spice and mineral, with soft tannins and great juicy acidity, finishing long and nuanced.
93 Points - Ian Blackburn Screams Santa Barbara! Coriander, clove, brown spice, plush cherry and strawberry perfume. I just got my Harries Berries allocation and as soon as I open the box of berries it connected me to this wine. Etched bold dense concentration of exotic Pinot Noir nuance - with a saturated mouthfeel of strawberry shortcake and spice… the tongue loves this rich, round, tender body of Pinot Noir flesh. A benchmark producer of Santa Barbara and a great vintage example. A great value. Color 13.5/15 Aroma 23.5/25 Body 23/25 Overall Impression: 33/35 Very satisfying!