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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 »

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Comm: 2008-2012
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135
Author flash73mg
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.507%
Tasted On 03/17/2014
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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
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 97.182%
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 98.98%
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 92.819%
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 97.255%
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 88.043%
Tasted On 10/14/2007
Drink Dates 2008-2012
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