2005 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Ten 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($69) Deep red. Exotically perfumed nose offers a wild array of dark berry, cherry, incense and floral scents. Spicy red and dark berry flavors are refreshingly bitter but became sweeter with air, gaining a white pepper and baking spice character. Really stains the palate, finishing with outstanding cling and length. I was looking for oakiness but didn't find it. Curran noted that she's as meticulous as possible with her winemaking, leaving as little as possible to chance. As she put it: "Spontaneity isn't a good idea when you're making red expensive wine."

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Bold, intense, big and expressive, yet for all its size this is well-proportioned, with a mix of ripe berry, plum and earthy mineral notes that unfold gracefully. Tightens up on the finish, so best to cellar short term. 1,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: James Laube


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Burghound | Rating: 90

(from Santa Rita Hills fruit, 100% new oak and bottled at 14.9%; $70) A distinctly ripe yet not surmature nose features hints of spice, black currant and noticeable but not dominant wood influence that continues onto the big, rich, bold and sweet flavors that possess excellent volume on the delicious, sappy and chocolaty finish that has both a subtle tang and more than a touch of warmth. What elevates this beyond the ordinary though is the fine sense of underlying complexity as well as the much better than average length. In sum, this is no ballerina and it's not my style but it does make a statement.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 28

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: swimmer
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/05/2010
Luscious, balanced, sophisticated, complex integrated tannins totally masking the 14.9% alcohol. A great drink

Rating: 93
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/18/2012
Drinking beautifully now, with New World fruit but Burgundian aromatics. Really good.

Rating: 93
Author: Bocawine
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/29/2012

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Rating: 91
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/19/2014
Site Blog: The Wine Forum 2005 Ten showing nicely after an hour open. Good cola, red cherry, rhubarb and spicy plum. Finally has settles down and mellowed out into a beautiful Pinot Noir. Not a Burgundy, but that's ok as it should not be, but should be California.

Rating: 91
Author: PJ Haveron
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/23/2010

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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2063 bottles owned by 1076 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

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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