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2005 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Botella Pinot Noir - USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Rita Hills - Red

USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Rita Hills

Red Pinot Noir
Producer Notes

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... More »

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92
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2012
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135
Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
Tasted On 04/05/2013

I might be wrong about Sea Smoke. Ripe style. The finish was disjoint for the first hour, then it blosson into great mineral finish after 2-3 hours. For young vines, this is very impressive. Will revisit Sea Smoke soon.

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Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.29%
Tasted On 10/23/2011

Good to average Pinot. No flaws, just not as intense or complex as I would like. At worst a little boring.

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Author Tbone200
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.091%
Tasted On 07/28/2011
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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.408%
Tasted On 10/09/2010
Drink Dates 2009-2014

This is a polished, fragrant, well crafted wine, one with balanced fruit, tannin and acidity. Definitely large-scaled and New World in style - there's no mistaking this for burgundy. It's very ripe-tasting but not a flabby fruit bomb, has excellent focus and structure, and just enough tannin to pair well with well seasoned grilled meats. I enjoyed this as much as I did the 2003 of the same cuvee.

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Author Serl Z
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.754%
Tasted On 12/19/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2015
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Author Steve Bachmann
Vinfolio
Site / Blog The Wine Collector Trust Rating 96.739%
Tasted On 03/26/2009
Drink Dates 2008-2010

Very "tight", almost dried out with little fruit. Not up to the standard of other Sea Smoke pinots I've had.

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Author Southbound Union
Site / Blog www.myspace.com/southboundunion  Trust Rating 92.949%
Tasted On 03/16/2009

Nice wine. Needed air-time and was a bit uneven but things settled down after hour in decanter

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Author Marty M272
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
Tasted On 11/10/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2012

What a nice Pinot. The '05 Botella is a solid effort. When you factor in the release price, this wine is also an extraordinary value. The ruby color is beautiful in the glass and the Santa Rita Hills fruit dances on the palate. Excellent balance of acidity and fruit indicates that this wine should drink well over the next several years.

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Author bkkchriss4
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.957%
Tasted On 08/24/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2012

Nice showing. Much better than the Southing at the moment. Nice dark cherry and spice. Not too complex but still a very nice wine. Should continue to evolve over the next few year and be great.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

The Botella doesn'tquite possess the weight of the Southing, but is certainly one of the most supple, plush Pinot Noirs of the vintage. Soft, sultry textures of pure silk caress the palate, buffered by notions of raspberry, hard spices, sandalwood, black tea and cherries. This is a mouth-filling performance, with lush fruit and vivid, sweet flavors that glide their way to a soft finish.

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