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2005 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA BARBARA
abv 14.9%
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 94554-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($69) Deep red. Exotically perfumed nose offers a wild array of dark berry, cherry, incense and floral scents. Spicy red and dark berry flavors are refreshingly bitter but became sweeter with air, gaining a white pepper and baking spice character. Really stains the palate, finishing with outstanding cling and length. I was looking for oakiness but didn't find it. Curran noted that she's as meticulous as possible with her winemaking, leaving as little as possible to chance. As she put it: |Spontaneity isn't a good idea when you're making red expensive wine.|
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Burghound | Rating: 90

    A distinctly ripe yet not surmature nose features hints of spice, black currant and noticeable but not dominant wood influence that continues onto the big, rich, bold and sweet flavors that possess excellent volume on the delicious, sappy and chocolaty finish that has both a subtle tang and more than a touch of warmth. What elevates this beyond the ordinary though is the fine sense of underlying complexity as well as the much better than average length. In sum, this is no ballerina and it's not my style but it does make a statement.
    Drink Dates: 2010+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Bold, intense, big and expressive, yet for all its size this is well-proportioned, with a mix of ripe berry, plum and earthy mineral notes that unfold gracefully. Tightens up on the finish, so best to cellar short term. 1,500 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2013
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    From 10 clones planted in the estate vineyard. Intensely fruity (black cherry, red berry, mulberry) and lush, though with keen acidity and complex graphite, mint and earth notes. Mouthcoating tannins. Rich yet moderated. (LM)
    Drink Dates: 2007-2016
    Author: Linda Murphy
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: PJ Haveron
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Bocawine
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Toddtg
  • Self | Rating: 91

    2005 Ten showing nicely after an hour open. Good cola, red cherry, rhubarb and spicy plum. Finally has settles down and mellowed out into a beautiful Pinot Noir. Not a Burgundy, but that's ok as it should not be, but should be California.
    Author: Koby
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drinking beautifully now, with New World fruit but Burgundian aromatics. Really good.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Luscious, balanced, sophisticated, complex integrated tannins totally masking the 14.9% alcohol. A great drink
    Author: swimmer
For years, vintners have coveted a stretch of land in the western end of Santa Barbara's Santa Rita Hills AVA known to have the perfect microclimate, soils, and exposure to grow world-class Pinot Noir. In 1999, fulfilling a long-held dream of owner Bob Davids, this sought-after stretch of land became Sea Smoke Vineyard.

Sea Smoke produces Pinot Noir grown exclusively on the south-facing hillsides of their estate vineyards. On summer evenings, the Santa Ynez River canyon funnels a cool maritime fog layer (sea "smoke") across the hillsides, slowing the ripening process and providing the extended maturation period essential to the development of top-quality Pinot Noir.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1268 bottles owned
  • 419 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 419 collectors)