Wine Spectator | Rating: 89Intense, ripe and vibrant, exhibiting a mix of blueberry, wild berry, black cherry, spice, mineral and crushed rock. Elegant, balanced and tight. Needs time.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Saturated red. Powerful, smoky aromas of dark berries and cherry compote, with exotic spice and incense notes adding complexity. Deeply concentrated black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by a suave mineral quality and framed by velvety tannins. Distinctly rich pinot with very good finishing breadth and a lingering note of candied licorice.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: Nov/Dec 09
Self | Rating: 91Author: BoxsterVino
Self | Rating: 93Author: Dougobrick
Self | Rating: 94Author: VinoDeparture
Self | Rating: 94Drink Dates: 2010-2015Author: CBS Wine
Self | Rating: 86Overbearing oak. Off balance. Good bouquet but supported by oak tannins. Drink nowDrink Dates: 2014Author: TJR1
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 , , , and 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. and 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
- 918 bottles owned
- 256 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 256 collectors)