Pinot Noir, from SBC Appellation

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Open That Bottle Night presents: Sea Smoke Botella 2006, Pinot Noir

  • Apr 11, 2009
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Sea Smoke Botella 2006, Pinot Noir

Do you love Pinot Noir? I really love it so much that a large part of my cellar is devoted to Pinot Noir. One the uncommon characteristics of this wine is the fact that it is not blended with other wines to deliver the complexity of flavors and aromas normally associated with making many red wines.

This wine has really taken off in (largely due to the movie Sideways (2004) popularity and I am glad because it deserves the limelight, but sad because now everyone wants to get a piece of the Pinot pie.

It a grape worthy of our attention and fascination. There are many expressions of this varietal found around the wine world, but of course the most famous Pinot Noir (but they don't call it PN) is from its homeland in Bourgogne. Speaking of Bourgogne, to be able to get some of the wine from this region of the same caliber and expression of Burgundy as what you can find here in the states is very difficult and the price really puts it out of reach for the average person.
That said, I am a real fan of Sea Smoke Cellars and have been since first encountering it at a wine tasting here in San Diego. Pinot Noir is pretty much all they do there, except for the occasional Chardonnay. It took about six months to a year to get on their allocation list, but it was worth the wait. There three different labels, one is Ten, Southing and other is Botella. There winery sits in the Sta. Rita Hill AVA, in Santa Barbara County.
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May 04, 2009
I buy my allocation of Sea Smoke each year and really love it! I've just started drinking the 2005 vintage, which is showing very nicely. If you have an opportunity try the Sea Smoke vs. Patricia Green PN in OR. You really can tell the difference in styles between OR and Ca!
April 28, 2009
I've tried the Ten and Southing. Both made the dinner party I was attending particularly memorable.
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Quick Tip by . March 26, 2010
i didn't want to buy into all the hype over sea smoke, but damn that's good juice. one of my favs
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At Sea Smoke we believe that the vineyard is the wine. For this reason, we produce Pinot Noir grown exclusively on our estate vineyard in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, California.
We focus on the meticulous management of each vine to achieve ideal vine balance and very low yields, while incorporating sustainable, environmentally sound farming practices. Each of our ten clones of Pinot Noir is hand harvested, and individual vineyard block/clone combinations are kept in separate lots throughout the winemaking process, enabling us to develop an intimate knowledge of the way Sea Smoke vineyard expresses itself. These individual lots form the basis of a complex flavor palette from which final blending decisions are made. This results in wines of exceptional complexity and grace - each one, we believe, a reflection of the unique terroir of our estate vineyard. We hope you agree, and we welcome your comments.
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