2009 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Ten 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel

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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: Issue 159

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Bud2123
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/17/2012

Rating: 92
Author: Hurraerik
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/03/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Ish Wine Cellar
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 04/14/2013

Rating: 89
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Average rating: 90, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

503 bottles owned by 153 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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