2003 WH Smith - Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard 750ml

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2003 WH Smith - Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard
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($32) Good dark red. Subdued but perfumed aromas of cherry, flowers, mocha and exotic sandalwood. Rich, lush and supple, with sweet flavors of red fruits and minerals. The very ripe, creamy flavors are not at all cooked, but the wine could use a bit more energy.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Score: 90
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 06/14/2012
Score: 91
Author: SurgPA05
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/05/2011
Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Clear, deep ruby in hue with redening on the rim. Clean aromas of black cherry and loamy soiland hints of menthol. Dry, palate of cherry tart and loamy soil with some minerality. Soft mouth-feel with the acid waning a bit from age. This is probably on the cusp of over the hill but still a lot going on. Drink now

About This Producer


It didn't take much for friend and winemaker Helen Turley to inspire in Bill Smith the desire to try his hand at Pinot Noir after his successes with La Jota Vineyard in Napa. In 1992, under a new W. H. Smith Wines label, the Smiths released their first vintage of Sonoma County Pinot Noir. Passionate for Pinot, in 1994 they purchased 360 acres along the Sonoma Coast on a ridge high above the town of Cazadero. The first vintage of Maritime Ridge Vineyards - the Smith's rising star - was harvested in 2002 and was released in the spring of 2004.

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