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Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Southing 2008

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We sorted clusters in the vineyard and then gently destemmed following an evening in our cold room. We removed all ‘jack stems’ on the sorting table. Musts were cold soaked in open-top fermenters for one to four days, then inoculated with cultured yeasts to begin slow fermentation. Each tank was manually punched down one to three times per day, with a total maceration time of fourteen to eighteen days. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, all free run wine was transferred to tank for settling. We pressed at extremely low pressure (0.08 bars) to avoid extracting bitterness from the seeds. After settling overnight both free-run and press wines were racked to barrels.

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,453
4.00 5
07/06/2011

Oaky and smoky on the nose with spicy tones layered over a core of deep, rich, black fruit. Still a bit tight this smells promising. Bright and rich in the mouth with black fruit to match the nose. The acid is a touch low here lending this a very broad and somewhat flat mouthfeel, but the wine does feel a little tight and compact so age may help brighten things up a bit. There is very nice freshness to the fruit with obvious but balanced oak spice throughout the mid-palate and onto the moderate finish which is clipped by some wood tannin. Obviously very well made and shows promise but the lowish acidity worries me a bit. 90pts.


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Snooth User: Shellyfish26
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5.00 5
12/23/2010

Deeper color then most Pinot's I have enjoyed. Nose had some clove and berry up front. Enjoyed the hints of other fruits and robust dusty finish that introduced some cola and a tad bit of cinnamon spice. Will hold up to red meats and will pair nicely with pasta in red sauce.

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Snooth User: Aischill
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0.00 5
07/15/2011

Great wine


Snooth User: bigdhansen
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3.00 5
04/05/2011

Three glasses


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

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Good medium red. Superripe aromas of candied raspberry, plum, spices and flowers. Fat, spicy and sweet, with a deep core of rich red fruits. Finishes with sweet tannins and excellent length.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Spicy, peppery wild berry aromas carry over to the palate, with firm tannins. Tight and compact, this is an austere style that's rich and full-bodied, with enough depth and complexity to merit short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2012.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2004 Pinot Noir Southing, which takes its name from a south-facing hillside vineyard, is a packed and stacked effort with a dense ruby/purple color as well as a restrained, but promising nose of black currants, cherries, and raspberries with forest floor/earthy undertones. This is a full-bodied, powerful Pinot revealing striking elegance, purity, and seamlessness. Although young and unevolved, it is well-balanced, and should drink well for 7-10 years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The most balanced of Sea Smoke's three new Pinots, Southing was aged in about two-thirds new oak, which gives rich caramel, toasted coconut and exotic spice notes to the ripe fruit flavors. The wine explodes with cherries, raspberries, mulberries and even chocolate mint, finishing long and spicy, and leaving the impression of wholesomeness and completeness. Now showing its peak of youthful vivacity, this should develop for an additional six years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Sea Smoke is one of those wineries that sells out immediately and hits the secondary market at astronomical prices, with good reason. The wine is as fine as coastal California Pinot gets, with ripe cherry pie, cola and chocolate macaroon flavors that are captivating in their youthful ebullience. With fine, ripe tannins and mouthwatering cool-climate acidity, this is elegantly balanced, and will hold for a good six years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Vivid red. Expressive aromas of cherry compote, blackberry, licorice and smoky herbs. Lush, creamy cherry and dark berry flavors provide very good palate coverage and are framed by velvety tannins. A plush, weighty style of pinot that is energized by juicy acidity and finishes with very good focus and grip.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Elegant, well-proportioned and full-bodied, with spicy sour cherry, fresh earth, mineral and dusty sage notes. Very tight, firming up on the finish. Should only get better. Best from 2010 through 2016.


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Each year, our goal for Southing is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. The seductive nose of the 2008 Southing exhibits clove, dusty blueberry, cola, violets and hint of pineapple guava. The voluptuous mouthfeel and fine tannins are balanced by our estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity.

We sorted clusters in the vineyard and then gently destemmed following an evening in our cold room. We removed all ‘jack stems’ on the sorting table. Musts were cold soaked in open-top fermenters for one to four days, then inoculated with cultured yeasts to begin slow fermentation. Each tank was manually punched down one to three times per day, with a total maceration time of fourteen to eighteen days. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, all free run wine was transferred to tank for settling. We pressed at extremely low pressure (0.08 bars) to avoid extracting bitterness from the seeds. After settling overnight both free-run and press wines were racked to barrels.

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Aged 16 months in French Oak.

Notes: French Oak 55% New, 45% Re-used

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.55% pH: 3.32
Total Acidity: 6.9 grams per liter

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