2008 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (1.5L)
A big, extracted and somewhat ponderous Pinot Noir. Could be Grenache, such is the weight. But it’s very good and delicious and dry, with raspberry and cherry flavors, and lots of smoky oak. Give it 4–6 years in the bottle.
This full-bodied red combines richness with depth and subtlety, delivering complex, expansive flavors of spicy earth, cedar, blueberry and dark berry. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby red. Red and dark berry preserve aromas are complemented by notes of rooty sassafras, vanilla and smoky Indian spices. Sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate and pick up a spicy quality with air, along with a note of candied rose. In a weighty style but not lacking for energy or freshness, with strong finishing thrust and a persistent note of candied flowers. (JR)
Dark cherry red. Quite savoury and earthy on the nose. Serious sort of Côte de Nuits style. Attractive muscular dry finish. Quiet chewy and young – will it ever cast off these tannins, I wonder? Ambitious. Hint of salt? Drying finish. (JR)
The seductive nose of Sea Smoke's 2008 Southing exhibits clove, dusty blueberry, cola, violets and hints of pineapple/guava. The voluptuous mouthfeel and fine tannins are balanced by the estate vineyard’s characteristic cool-climate acidity. Wow.