2008 Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir


Tasting Notes by Vinous: “Saturated ruby. Deep, pungent aromas of black raspberry, cherry pie, vanillin oak and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, palate-coating cherry and dark berry compote flavors show an exotic floral pastille quality and hints of clove and mocha. A distinctly rich, fleshy pinot that will aggravate Burgundy purists, but this wine makes quite a statement.” (JR) (11/2010) 91 points Vinous

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Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills, USA

Winemaking: We sorted clusters in the vineyard and then gently destemmed following an evening in our cold room. We removed all ‘jack stems’ on the sorting table. Musts were cold soaked in open-top fermenters for one to four days, then inoculated with cultured yeasts to begin slow fermentation. Each tank was manually punched down one to three times per day, with a total maceration time of sixteen to twenty-eight days. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, all free run wine was transferred to tank for settling. We pressed at extremely low pressure (0.08 bars) to avoid extracting bitterness from the seeds. After settling overnight both free-run and press wines were racked to barrels.

Character: A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of sweet black plums, dried black cherry and lavender, then dusty cocoa and rose water. Firm, mature tannins—evidence of Ten’s ageability—are followed by a long, velvety finish.

Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
(Ten Clones, from which the wine takes its name)
Vineyard Source: Exclusively Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard
Alcohol: 14.56% by volume
pH: 3.51
Total Acidity: 0.68g/100ml
Barrel Aging: 16 months
Oak Profile: Exclusively French Oak—75% New; 25% Re-Used
Release Date: October 2010