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2009 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Southing

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA BARBARA
abv 14.3%
  • 91 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 92 JS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 101458-2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Complex aromatics, tighter on the palate. Fresh and snappy, with a loamy earth edge to the dried berry, crushed rock and spicy-peppery scents, ending with cleansing acidity.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Deep violet color. Intense, oak-spiced aromas of dark berries, cherry liqueur, potpourri and woodsmoke. Deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry cola flavors show good breadth, surprising vivacity and a silky texture (this has a low pH of 3.3, by the way), with notes of candied lavender and sassafras coming up with aeration. In a ripe but energetic style, finishing with very good cling and lingering spiciness.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2011
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 92

    Pretty aromas of ripe strawberries and citrus character. It shows a beautiful purity of fruit on the palate with very fine tannins and a long silky finish. Pretty acidity too. Firm. Better in 2014.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    Sea Smoke's 2009 Pinot Noir Southing is gorgeous. It possesses striking textural depth and finesse. Juicy dark cherries, spices and flowers take shape beautifully as the wine fleshes out in the glass. The finish turns a bit fleeting as floral elements become more pronounced, but this is still a very pretty, nuanced Pinot.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 3

    Author: craigechols
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: BoxsterVino
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Bud2123
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Stewart
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Cutrx
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Dougobrick
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Ish Wine Cellar
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Crufamily
  • Self | Rating:

    Drinking like Burgundy
    Author: Davis M
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 91

    I'm not as impressed with this bottle as I've been led to believe I should. It has a fantastic bouquet, however, the taste isn't really there. It is a decent wine but not worth the hype in my opinion. I'll stick to Martinelli and Joseph Swan for my hard to find bottles. Crimson in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Blueberry, Cherry, Forest floor, Oak, Violet. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Medium finish.
    Author: Wesley34
  • Self | Rating:

    RP92
    Author: Leigh O
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.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1273 bottles owned
  • 248 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 248 collectors)