2003 WH Smith - Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

($32) Good dark red. Subdued but perfumed aromas of cherry, flowers, mocha and exotic sandalwood. Rich, lush and supple, with sweet flavors of red fruits and minerals. The very ripe, creamy flavors are not at all cooked, but the wine could use a bit more energy.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: SurgPA05
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/05/2011
Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Clear, deep ruby in hue with redening on the rim. Clean aromas of black cherry and loamy soiland hints of menthol. Dry, palate of cherry tart and loamy soil with some minerality. Soft mouth-feel with the acid waning a bit from age. This is probably on the cusp of over the hill but still a lot going on. Drink now

Rating: 90
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 06/14/2012

Average rating: 89, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

204 bottles owned by 76 collectors.

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About This Producer


It didn't take much for friend and winemaker Helen Turley to inspire in Bill Smith the desire to try his hand at Pinot Noir after his successes with La Jota Vineyard in Napa. In 1992, under a new W. H. Smith Wines label, the Smiths released their first vintage of Sonoma County Pinot Noir. Passionate for Pinot, in 1994 they purchased 360 acres along the Sonoma Coast on a ridge high above the town of Cazadero. The first vintage of Maritime Ridge Vineyards - the Smith's rising star - was harvested in 2002 and was released in the spring of 2004.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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