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2005 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Southing 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 »

IWC 91
BH 88
WS 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2012 WS: 2007-2012
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750ml $99.95
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BH 88
Source Burghound
Issue Issue 28
Drink Dates 2009+

This is also notably ripe with an attractive breadth of spice and dark and blue berry fruit aromas including cola and coffee that complement the concentrated flavors blessed with ample dry extract and a nicely intense if somewhat edgy and slightly warm finish that is not at present as well integrated as it might be. There is clearly good material here but the youthful awkwardness has yet to pass.

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IWC 91
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135

($49) Dark red. Zesty raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by cinnamon, black cardamom and violet. The perfume built with air, gaining depth and power. Lush kirsch and blackcurrant flavors seem vaguely syrah-like, but there's excellent mineral tang keeping things in check. Finishes with impressively sweet red fruit flavors, supple tannins and striking persistence.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2007-2012

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. 3,750 cases made.

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Author Kenny G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 3.077%
Tasted On 05/21/2014
Drink Dates 2006-2016
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Author flash73mg
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.507%
Tasted On 03/17/2014
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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.984%
Tasted On 10/14/2011

quite oaky and tannic in the beginning. turned into something better after 6 hours. too ripe for a Pinot

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Author Marty M272
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
Tasted On 08/07/2011
Drink Dates 2009-2013

It's been some time since I've checked in on this wine. It just keeps getting better. This is a fantastic pinot noir with excellent power, finesse, and balance all at the same time.

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Author napares
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.235%
Tasted On 03/14/2011

Nice, but very muted. Dark color, but lean fruit...maybe in a funny state...have enjoyed this wine many times...tonight was just okay.

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Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.29%
Tasted On 01/02/2011
Drink Dates 2009-2014

Plenty of like left in this our last bottle of 05! Full of silky strawberry, cherry, a herbal/minty earthiness was detected in the nose, SS absolutely requires patience, we don't touch ours for 2-3 years from when we get our hands on them!

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Author Pino M
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.231%
Tasted On 09/15/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2011

Ouch! My wine cooler's sensor went bad and these bottles froze! I put them in the fridge to allow slow defrosting and i drank them after a few days. The superb quality was still there! Luscious, lots of fruit but with an outstanding complexity, a beautioful aroma and a long, nice finish. I wonder whether the freezing did actually any damage...

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Author Nick O
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/29/2009
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Author Southbound Union
Site / Blog  Trust Rating 93.525%
Tasted On 07/28/2009
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Author Serl Z
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.754%
Tasted On 05/09/2009
Drink Dates 2008-2012

drinking very well now; a complex bend of rapberries, cherries and spice with lots of "zing". quiets down with some time in the glass and shows a long sweet finish.

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Author Khamaj
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 81.25%
Tasted On 08/31/2008
Drink Dates 2009-2012

Overly hot, off-balance, a little bitter on the finish. Not great. Signs of good, concentrated pinot fruit and not as much wood as I would have expected. An ok bottle at this point in its evolution, but not out of the ordinary.

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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

This is the 5th time I've enjoyed this bottle, which should speak volumes as to the pleasure it consistently gives me. Just as I remember, exhibiting a myriad of rich, lavish red and blue fruits in subtly detailed arrays. Palate coating and full of depth that manages to maintain a beautifully plush sense of proportion. Easy to love.

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Author bkkchriss4
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 87.368%
Tasted On 10/14/2007
Drink Dates 2008-2012
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