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2012 Sea Smoke "Ten" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1178089 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A much bigger, richer Pinot Noir, the 2012 Pinot Noir Ten is a cellar selection chosen with the focus on structure and richness. Brought up in 65% new French oak, it has sensational purity and depth in its sweet black raspberry, crushed violets, spice and subtle oak aromas and flavors. These all carry over to the palate where the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and textured, with notable tannic grip. It's another wine from this estate that deliver tons of flavor authority while never seeming heavy, cumbersome or over the top. I wish more estates would make wine in this style. I was thrilled with these latest releases from Seasmoke and when the region is chasing Burgundian-like ripeness and acid profiles, they continue to show it is possible to make rich, full-bodied and concentrated Pinot Noirs from the Sta. Rita Hills that are a joy to drink. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

K&L Notes

A darling of the critics, Sea Smoke remains of the Central Coast's cult Pinot producers. Ten is a blend of ten Pinot Noir clonal selections sourced entirely from the Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. The wine saw 16 months in 65% new French oak barrels before bottling. From the winery: "A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of dried lavender and dark cherry, then a myriad of spices, blueberry and dusty slate. Firm, mature tannins--evidence of Ten’s ageability--are followed by a long, velvety finish."


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