Domaine de la Côte translates literally to ‘Estate of the Slope’. Our Domaine is a collection of 5 vineyards planted along a south-facing hillside at the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara County. Rising to an elevation of 700 feet, the Domaine sits atop a 25 million year old seabed, just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Memorious, Bloom’s Field, la Côte, and Siren’s Call are the names of our Pinot Noir vineyards which are planted entirely to California heritage selections (Calera, Swan, and Mt. Eden) at extremely high vine densities between 4,000 and 7,000 vines per acre. Although the Domaine spans a mere 60 acres, the diversity of each site is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation and microclimate. Such distinct expressions of site in such close proximity is unparalleled in California.
In the cellar we vinify and raise the wines from these distinct sites in an identical manner. This consistency in winemaking further underscores the differences in terroir across the Domaine. Our Pinot Noir grapes are whole-cluster fermented in open, concrete tanks. We manually punchdown each vat throughout the fermentation. The wines are raised exclusively in Ermitage barrels, a minority of which are new each vintage. The wines are bottled without any fining or filtration after 14 months in barrel.