Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Southing 2006

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Wine Enthusiast Review Rated 94 Yes, even for a California Pinot, this is a big, strong, full-bodied wine. Southing always is. It could almost morph into a Cabernet Sauvignon. But who cares? Its compellingly delicious, and isnt that what wine is all about? Flavorwise, it tastes of cherries, oranges, red currants, violets, raspberries, cedar and peppery spices, with 65% new oak. The tannins will help carry it across the finish line by 2012

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Sea Smoke Cellars:
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. At Sea Smoke, we produce Pinot Noir grown exclusively on the south-f... Read more
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. At Sea Smoke, we produce Pinot Noir grown exclusively on the south-facing hillsides of our estate vineyards. On summer evenings, the Santa Ynez River canyon funnels a cool maritime fog layer (sea "smoke") across our hillsides, slowing the ripening process and providing the extended maturation period essential to the development of top-quality Pinot Noir. Our shallow clay soils are planted to French clones on vigor-reducing rootstocks, resulting in fewer grape clusters of intense flavor, and our artisinal approach to winemaking results in wines that are a reflection of the unique land on which they are grown. We believe that Sea Smoke's rare geography and commitment to quality have produced wines of exceptional complexity and grace. We hope that you agree and welcome your comments. Read less

Member Reviews for Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Southing

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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4.50 5
05/15/2009

Soft, velvety, bigger. Light sweetness. Very pinoty. More acid. Smoky bacon nose.


Snooth User: brev00
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5.00 5
01/23/2010

Fantastic! More subtle than its bigger, fruitier brethren with a long, beguiling finish. Not so thick and plush. Less power, more finesse. Highly recommended.


Snooth User: stonefemme
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4.00 5
04/07/2009

great wine, getting harder to find the 05 and 06


Snooth User: Snewo
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5.00 5
06/29/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Southing

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe 2006 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir shows elegant fruit, a rich middle palate, firm tannins and Sea Smoke Vineyards signature cool climate acidity. Aromas of wild blueberries, violets and a subtle dustiness are characteristic of this wine. We recommend decanting thirty to sixty minutes prior to drinking, particularly if consumed before 2010.


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
09/24/2010

The 2006 Pinot Noir Southing exhibits an evolved medium ruby color as well as a big, spicy, earthy nose displaying hints of roasted herbs, sweet cherries, and red currants. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied wine with complex flavors, melted tannins, and plenty of red fruit as well as tart cherries. It should be drunk over the next 2-3 years given its seemingly fast track evolution.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/10/2010

Firm and well-structured, with a mix of spicy dried berry, currant, blackberry and blueberry, picking up a nice touch of mineral and sage and ending with well-integrated tannins. Drink now through 2012. 3,750 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2006 Sea Smoke Cellars Pinot Noir Southing 1500ml



Wine Enthusiast Review Rated 94 Yes, even for a California Pinot, this is a big, strong, full-bodied wine. Southing always is. It could almost morph into a Cabernet Sauvignon. But who cares? Its compellingly delicious, and isnt that what wine is all about? Flavorwise, it tastes of cherries, oranges, red currants, violets, raspberries, cedar and peppery spices, with 65% new oak. The tannins will help carry it across the finish line by 2012

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