2003 Sea Smoke Estate Southing Pinot Noir - 750ml

2003 Sea Smoke Estate Southing Pinot Noir - 750ml

$235.00
2003 Sea Smoke Estate Southing Pinot

Sea Smoke Cellars is a Californian winery in Santa Barbara County that focuses on premium Pinot Noir. The estate was established in 1999 by Bob Davids in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Its production is relatively small and mostly distributed through its mailing list. The name of the winery was inspired by the cooling marine fog that is carried into the vineyards along the Santa Ynez River.

All the grapes used in Sea Smoke wines come from the estate vineyard. The property has 40 hectares (98 acres) of vines planted with 10 different Pinot Noir clones as well as 4ha (10 acres) of Chardonnay. The vines are in transitional soils, with elevations between 300-700ft (90-210m) above sea level, which makes for varied growing conditions. Sea Smoke has used biodynamic farming practices since the 2013 vintage.

Sea Smoke makes three Pinot Noir wines: Botella, Southing and Ten, which is a blend of all 10 Pinot Noir clones. A change of winemaker before the 2009 vintage shifted the wine style of the Pinot Noir, with subsequent vintages undergoing less extraction and seeing less new oak. In the mid-2000s Sea Smoke introduced the Gratis Chardonnay exclusively as a reward for mailing list members. It was so well received that a second Chardonnay was introduced and added to the regular catolog of available wines.

Sea Smoke rounds out its collection with a sparkling Pinot Noir made in the traditional method as a Blanc de Noirs.

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2003
Rating RP92/WS92
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sea Smoke Cellars
Color Red
Wine Type Table
Rating RP92 - The deep ruby-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Southing exhibits a complex bouquet of damp earth underbrush and sweet smoky cherries in addition to a medium to full-bodied velvety-textured palate outstanding purity impressive persistence and a long concentrated finish. It benefits significantly from 30-60 minutes of airing. In fact my score rose with each ten minute interval a very positive sign. This 2003 Pinot should drink well for 5-7 years. 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. RP
Wine Spectator WS92
Burghound
Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2003
Rating RP92/WS92
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sea Smoke Cellars
Color Red
Wine Type Table
    Varietal Pinot Noir
    Vintage 2003
    Rating RP92/WS92
    Bottle Size 750 ml
    Bottle Quantity 1
    Country USA
    Region California
    Location Central Coast
    Producer Sea Smoke Cellars
    Color Red
    Wine Type Table
    Varietal Pinot Noir
    Vintage 2003
    Rating RP92/WS92
    Barrels
    Style
    Owners
    Region California
    Location Central Coast
    Producer Sea Smoke Cellars
    Winemaker

    Production
    Robert Parker Rating RP92 - The deep ruby-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Southing exhibits a complex bouquet of damp earth underbrush and sweet smoky cherries in addition to a medium to full-bodied velvety-textured palate outstanding purity impressive persistence and a long concentrated finish. It benefits significantly from 30-60 minutes of airing. In fact my score rose with each ten minute interval a very positive sign. This 2003 Pinot should drink well for 5-7 years. 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. RP
    Antonio Galloni Rating
    Wine Spectator Rating WS92
    Burghound Rating

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