2009 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Southing 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 202

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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: Issue 159

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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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2021
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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

Rating: 92
Author: Dougobrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/14/2015

Rating: 92
Author: Cutrx
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/19/2015

Rating: 91
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Rating: 91
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/15/2014

Average rating: 90, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

671 bottles owned by 173 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.

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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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