W.H. Smith Maritime Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Maritime is our proprietary name for the very best Pinot Noir from the vintage. The 2007 Maritime Pinot Noir is predominantly from two vineyards located just miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vintage of Maritime also includes small lots of Marimar Estate Vineyard and Umino Vineyard for some added complexity
The Twin Hill Ranch Vineyard was originally planted as an apple orchard in 1942. This small four acre Pinot Noir vineyard is now owned and farmed by Ben Hurst. It lies in one of the coolest growing regions, southwest of the town of Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. The vineyard is planted with the Swan clone and Dijon 777.
The Hanes Vineyard is located west of Sebastopol on Burnside Road in the Sonoma Coast Appellation. This vineyard is farmed as a 'labor of love' with total devotion to developing perfect Pinot Noir flavors. This cool climate vineyard, one of our favorites, is planted to clone 777.
These Sonoma Coast Appellation vineyards are farmed to low yields with concentration of flavor in mind, and each brings unique qualities to the finished wine.
In 2007, Maritime stands out from our other Pinots because of its density and concentration. The fruit is dark and brooding – plums, blueberries and dark cherry. But, don't be fooled by all of this serious fruit. You will still get the elegance, balance and acidity that you have come to expect from the W.H. Smith Pinot Noirs. Our wines are made to accompany food and to express the grape in its purest form, which is why we focus on the most extreme, cool-climate vineyards. No wine is more a testament to classic Pinot Noir flavors than our Maritime.
Wine & Spirits - "Bill and Joan Smith, of La Jota on Howell Mountain, got involved with Sonoma Coast pinot noir in the early 1990s, when they purchased a parcel of land in Cazadero and began planting their Maritime Ridge Vineyard. This Maritime Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard further south, between Freestone and Occidental, where they purchase fruit from Marimar Torres; it's a blend of the Pommard clone and Dijon clones. The wine's power is tied to its bosky fruit, the tart cherry flavor bound to mineral tannins, both generous and a little sanguine or sauvage. All of it is suppressed by new oak at the moment, but there is plenty of wine to back up that oak and outlast it in the cellar."
W.H. Smith Winery
Luck and timing led Bill and Joan Smith into the wine business: enthusiasm, perseverance, and good advice from a few talented friends facilitated their success as world-class producers. A wrong turn while trying to visit Chappellet Vineyard led Bill Smith to discover and purchase the historic ghost winery, La Jota Vineyard Co., including 40 acres on top of Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley. Two years later, in 1976, Bill and his new wife, Joan, spent their honeymoon planting the first 2 acres of vines, which would grow to 28 acres by 1978. After a few classes in home winemaking at UC Davis, a lot of experimenting, and some priceless mentoring from friend and Howell Mountain neighbor Randy Dunn, the Smith’s produced La Jota Vineyard’s first Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in 1982. With Bill making the wine and Joan responsible for sales and marketing, the couple garnered attention and accolades—including being listed as #2 on Robert Parker’s roster of "heroes" in the December 1994 issue of The Wine Advocate. View all W.H. Smith Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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1 rating, 1 with review29/4/2012
Wow forgot what the rating was! DISSAPOINTED was weak not bold and hardly knew it was made with grapes lacked everything, pretty much the worste pinot I have ever had! Lucky we had a big and bold meal so there was no competition...mad I paid this much though. Don't bother :(
- Big & Bold