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2009 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Ten

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA BARBARA
abv 14.5%
  • 89 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 94554-2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    One of the Sea Smoke flagships, the 2009 Pinot Noir Ten impresses for its depth and sheer power. Layers of flavor flow through to the huge, dramatic finish in a full-bodied, intense Pinot. Once the intensity of the fruit fades, there is not much development in the glass, which results in an overall impression of one-dimensionality. The Ten is made from all ten Pinot clones planted on the property. While a solid effort, I expected more from this offering, which also happens to be the wine through which I discovered Sea Smoke years ago.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Opaque ruby. Pungent, expressive bouquet offers dark berry compote, cola, vanilla bean and incense qualities, along with slow-building spiciness and notes of clove and mocha. Lush, palate-coating blackberry and mulberry flavors are lifted by gentle acidity and complicated by notes of spicecake and candied violet. Tannins build with air and carry through a very long, sweet, oak-spicy finish. This is a baby.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    This tight and focused Pinot displays a firm beam of red fruit, built around snappy black cherry and wild berry flavors, with a cleansing aftertaste.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Bud2123
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Hurraerik
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Ish Wine Cellar
  • Self | Rating: 89

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    Author: marv
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

  • 922 bottles owned
  • 212 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 212 collectors)