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Sea Smoke 2007 Ten Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

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This very dense, tannic Pinot Noir represents a triumph for both the winery, the vintage and the region it represents. A multi-clone blend (hence the name) with high, cool-climate acidity and aged in 100% new oak, it’s still young, fresh and tight. The astringency throws a cloak over the raspberries, cherries, rosehip tea and Indian spice flavors, which reveal…

 — S.H.  (3/1/2010)
96
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Sea Smoke 2006 Ten Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

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Only a Burgundian ideologue would find anything not to like about this mouth-filling Pinot that captures the essence of Santa Rita Hills. It’s as voluptuous as any Pinot in California, offering waves of ripe, fleshy cherries, red currants, licorice and smoky vanilla that just don’t stop in palate appeal. For all that, the wine is elegant, silky and refined…

 — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
95
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Sea Smoke 2007 Southing Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

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A fabulously rich and approachable Pinot Noir that offers everything now, yet will also age. The considerable tannins will protect it in the cellar for a good 6–8 years, but it’s so fresh and vibrant in cherries, red currants and oak-inspired red licorice that it’s hard not to drink it now. Hard to exaggerate the deliciousness factor.

 — S.H.  (3/1/2010)
95
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Sea Smoke 2005 Southing Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

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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…

 — S.H.  (12/15/2007)
94
points

Sea Smoke 2006 Southing Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $50

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? It’s compellingly delicious, and isn’t 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…

 — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
94
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Sea Smoke 2005 Ten Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $70

Ten is Sea Smoke’s biggest Pinot, a barrel selection chosen for sheer volume. It easily handles its 100% new oak coating. Needs decanting; even 15 minutes in the glass brought a unifying process, integrating the cedar and smoke with the explosive blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit, and revealing the rich, dense, satiny texture. Should age well for up to eight years.

 — S.H.  (12/15/2007)
93
points

Sea Smoke 2012 Southing Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

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Named after the famed vineyard’s south-facing slopes, this vintage is expertly crafted, with aromas of ripe red cherry, sandalwood, black pepper, graphite, purple flowers and damp pine needles. It’s complex, with dark red fruit and tickling cardamom spice set against fine-grained tannins. Quite precise and tight now, the violet and rose petal elements will expand…

 — M.K.  (4/1/2015)
93
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Sea Smoke 2010 Ten Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

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Big, deep and hard in tannins, this wine shows the estate’s power and concentration, bearing blasts of cherries, currants, persimmons and cola. The flavors are pinpointed with laserlike focus, with hints of cocoa powder and tamari. It should begin to open by 2017, and develop for many years afterward.

 — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
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