Pinot Noirs of Exceptional Complexity and Grace
Sea Smoke Cellars – “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.At Sea Smoke, they produce Pinot Noir grown exclusively on the south-facing hillsides of their estate vineyards. On summer evenings, the Santa Ynez River canyon funnels a cool maritime fog layer (sea “smoke”) across the hillsides, slowing the ripening process and providing the extended maturation period essential to the development of top-quality Pinot Noir.Shallow clay soils are planted to French clones on vigor-reducing rootstocks, resulting in fewer grape clusters of intense flavor, and their artisanal approach to winemaking results in wines that are a reflection of the unique land on which they are grown.
Sea Smoke Ten – “A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of chocolate cake, dried blueberry and lavender, then cassis and dusty black berries. Firm, mature tannins—evidence of Ten’s ageability—are followed by a long, velvety finish.
Sea Smoke Southing – “Each year, our goal for Southing is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. The seductive nose of the 2009 Southing exhibits fresh leather, rose water, black cherry, violets and hint of macerated cherry. The fine tannins and minerality are enhanced by our estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity. * Available in Magnum Bottles at Tipples Brews.