The 2013 Pinot Noir La Cote is powerful and intense, but it is also quite austere. Sweet red cherries, iron, smoke, crushed rose petal, chalk and sage gradually open up in the glass, but the firm tannins clamp down on the mid-palate and finish. At this stage, La Cote is disjointed, with whole cluster and vegetal notes that dominate. It will be interesting to see how the 2013 develops over time, but both bottles I tasted were quite awkward. I also tasted the 2010, which Winemaker Sashi Moorman describes as having been like the 2013 at the same stage in its life. We will see.
90/100+ Vinous/Antonio Galloni