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

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A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of sweet black plums, dried black cherry and lavender, then dusty cocoa and rose water. Firm, mature tannins - evidence of Ten's ageability - are followed by a long, velvety finish.

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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 Ten

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Snooth User: cma238
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07/03/2014

Beginning to show age in 2014. Tobacco, leather, musty raisins on nose and palate. Needed about thirty minutes to fully open. Deep cherry austerity. A regal wine, for certain.


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

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Pinot Noir Ten offers up stunning aromas of violets, creme de cassis, cherries, and flowers. It is an extraordinary wine that coats the palate with great viscosity, richness, and layers of flavor. There is a seamless integration of wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol. A tour de force, this exquisite example of Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills should drink well for a decade. This wine was bottled about six weeks before I tasted it, which is usually a difficult period for many wines, even those bottled naturally. In any event, this up-and-coming Santa Barbara County producer demonstrates considerable potential.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

(tasted from barrel shortly before bottling) Dark ruby-red. Deep aromas of plum and brown spices. Very ripe, roasted flavors of dark fruits, meat and minerals; wilder than the Botella and Southing. Offers good volume but the strong oak component currently dried the wine's finish. Winemaker Kris Curran isolates the Ten juice first: this wine contains all ten of the winery's pinot clones and is aged in all new barrels. I could not help but wonder if these wines would be even better for an earlier bottling.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Good saturated deep red. Dark raspberry and musky espresso on the oaky nose. Juicy, form and structured but also satisfyingly fat and sweet, with a finer grain and a higher pitch than the Southing. Still, the mocha and chocolate flavors show an almost Rhône-like ripeness. finishes with substantial but soft tannins and a positive dryness. This should benefit from a year or two of cellaring.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Everybody liked the complexity and balance of this big wine. Opens with a blast of blackberry, cherry pie, smoky vanilla and molasses, leading to a very rich, full-bodied mouthfeel. Superextracted and tannic, but balanced and elegant nonetheless. Drink now through 2007.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The broad, rich, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2002 Pinot Noir Ten offers up sweet black fruit, cola, and allspice aromas intermixed with discreet notes of wood and loamy soil. Full-bodied, pure, and impressively rich, with enough acidity and tannin to provide delineation, this powerful yet elegant, impeccably crafted beauty will drink well for 7-8 years. The designation "Ten" comes from the vineyard's ten different Pinot clones, which are blended together to create this cuvée.


External Review
11/04/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Sea Smoke Cellars Pinot Noir Ten 750ml


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

A classy effort, darkly colored, with high-toned aromas of cedar, plum and blackberry, this sleek, complex Pinot wins points for its excellent structure and long, expansive aftertaste that keeps revealing extra flavor nuances, finishing with firm, chocolaty tannins. Drink now through 2009.


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A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of sweet black plums, dried black cherry and lavender, then dusty cocoa and rose water. Firm, mature tannins - evidence of Ten's ageability - are followed by a long, velvety finish.

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