Domaine de la Côte

Memorious Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

9.277 ratings
9.322 pro ratings
Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

Ever since the Somm III movie, the wines of Domaine de la Cote have been intriguing. About 2-3yrs ago, I had their Bloom’s Field and really enjoyed it. I was able to pick up a few of their Memorious, and this was my first time opening one.

In comparison to Bloom’s Field, I’d say this has less depth and complexity, but it has its own fun flair and character. Upon opening, the use of 100% whole clusters is easily noticeable. Crunchy, herbal twang with fleshy black cherry skin and stemminess notes are very concentrated. Made in a more fresh style with lower ABV, the mid palate focuses more on mineral and floral notes like herbs de Provence, dark potpourri, savory and underripe red and black fruits with green peppercorn. High acidity. A hybrid of lean Sonoma Coast Pinot and Willamette Valley Pinot.

Ever since the Somm III movie, the wines of Domaine de la Cote have been intriguing. About 2-3yrs ago, I had their Bloom’s Field and really enjoyed it. I was able to pick up a few of their Memorious, and this was my first time opening one.

In comparison to Bloom’s Field, I’d say this has less depth and complexity, but it has its own fun flair and character. Upon opening, the use of 100% whole clusters is easily noticeable. Crunchy, herbal twang with fleshy black cherry skin and stemminess notes are very concentrated. Made in a more fresh style with lower ABV, the mid palate focuses more on mineral and floral notes like herbs de Provence, dark potpourri, savory and underripe red and black fruits with green peppercorn. High acidity. A hybrid of lean Sonoma Coast Pinot and Willamette Valley Pinot.

Apr 26th, 2021
jesus g

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

9.7

I’m so happy i got 3 bottles! I can’t wait to see these in a couple years. Reminds me of richebourg. Proud of Rajat

I’m so happy i got 3 bottles! I can’t wait to see these in a couple years. Reminds me of richebourg. Proud of Rajat

Nov 21st, 2018
James Forsyth

Gorgeous Cali Pinot. Bright crystalline cherries, sustains forever.

Gorgeous Cali Pinot. Bright crystalline cherries, sustains forever.

Mar 24th, 2018
Aaron Means

Ironically, can't remember my notes on this one. I remember just liking it! @June's All Day, Austin TX

Ironically, can't remember my notes on this one. I remember just liking it! @June's All Day, Austin TX

Sep 7th, 2017
jesus g

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

10

This comparison was pretty awesome, had duck breast rubbed down with chinese five spice powder to accompany the wine. All very different. The Raen always takes me somewhere special, very unique in California. The Davies is a wine with gravitas and balance. And this one by domaine de la cote has laser beam precision and focus. The tension in the glass is very much alive with all three. Both aging, and enjoying now are recommended

This comparison was pretty awesome, had duck breast rubbed down with chinese five spice powder to accompany the wine. All very different. The Raen always takes me somewhere special, very unique in California. The Davies is a wine with gravitas and balance. And this one by domaine de la cote has laser beam precision and focus. The tension in the glass is very much alive with all three. Both aging, and enjoying now are recommended

1 person found it helpfulJul 30th, 2019
David Dadekian

David had this 2 years ago

David had this 2 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMar 28th, 2019
James Webb

Bright and aeromatic, crushed cranberries, brown sugar, herbaceousness. A balanced body with good vigor. Though, too sweet. Tannins aren’t yet fully integrated, but they’re still quite fine right now.

Bright and aeromatic, crushed cranberries, brown sugar, herbaceousness. A balanced body with good vigor. Though, too sweet. Tannins aren’t yet fully integrated, but they’re still quite fine right now.

1 person found it helpfulJan 27th, 2019
James Webb

Perhaps the best SRH Pinot I’ve ever had - it’s so full of life, traditional cherry compote, herbs and spices, a layered, wonderful nose. Watched Somm III while enjoying this.... and I see why Jancis chose this wine. So good. Very ageworthy because the acid and high toned fruit is just bursting with energy. This in 10 years could be spectacular.

Perhaps the best SRH Pinot I’ve ever had - it’s so full of life, traditional cherry compote, herbs and spices, a layered, wonderful nose. Watched Somm III while enjoying this.... and I see why Jancis chose this wine. So good. Very ageworthy because the acid and high toned fruit is just bursting with energy. This in 10 years could be spectacular.

1 person found it helpfulDec 3rd, 2018
Paul Masson

Paul had this 3 years ago

Paul had this 3 years ago

1 person found it helpfulNov 5th, 2018
Dimitri Fedotov, C.S.

Sommelier Osteria 177

9.3

Thank you, Steve Nielsen for this masterpiece! Thank you, Greg Linn, for introducing me to St. Rita Hills Pinot Noir years ago! And thank you, Wil Peterson, for always encouraging learning and tasting!!

Thank you, Steve Nielsen for this masterpiece! Thank you, Greg Linn, for introducing me to St. Rita Hills Pinot Noir years ago! And thank you, Wil Peterson, for always encouraging learning and tasting!!

Aug 6th, 2016