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2008 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Ten

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA BARBARA
  • 86 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 94554-2008
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($80) Saturated ruby. Deep, pungent aromas of black raspberry, cherry pie, vanillin oak and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, palate-coating cherry and dark berry compote flavors show an exotic floral pastille quality and hints of clove and mocha. A distinctly rich, fleshy pinot that will aggravate Burgundy purists, but this wine makes quite a statement.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2010
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Road tar and melted licorice notes are firm, dry and savory, full-bodied and grainy. Intense and persistent, but shy on finesse and delicacy. Drink now through 2017. 2,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Naperwino
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: BoxsterVino
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2013-2019
    Author: CBS Wine
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2013-2023
    Author: tyn2danet
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Big, fleshy pinot. Heavy weight on the mouth, rich tannins, and strong oak. Wine took a while to open up, definitely one to decant if consumed young. Rich dark fruits, blackberry, nice spice. Definitely needs a couple of years to mature.
    Author: Mallon Matthew
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

  • 550 bottles owned
  • 176 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 176 collectors)