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Date Printed: 4/28/2016
Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2003
Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2003
(search item no. 84550)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 4/28/2016: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Pinot Noir Ten offers up stunning aromas of violets, creme de cassis, cherries, and flowers. It is an extraordinary wine that coats the palate with great viscosity, richness, and layers of flavor. There is a seamless integration of wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol. A tour de force, this exquisite example of Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills should drink well for a decade. This wine was bottled about six weeks before I tasted it, which is usually a difficult period for many wines, even those bottled naturally. In any event, this up-and-coming Santa Barbara County producer demonstrates considerable potential."
-Wine Advocate
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About Sea Smoke Cellars:

For years, vintners have coveted a stretch of land in the western end of Santa Barbara's Santa Rita Hills AVA known to have the perfect microclimate, soils, and exposure to grow world-class Pinot Noir. In 1999, fulfilling a long-held dream of owner Bob Davids, this sought-after stretch of land became Sea Smoke Vineyard.

At Sea Smoke, we produce Pinot Noir grown exclusively on the south-facing hillsides of our estate vineyards. On summer evenings, the Santa Ynez River canyon funnels a cool maritime fog layer (sea "smoke") across our hillsides, slowing the ripening process and providing the extended maturation period essential to the development of top-quality Pinot Noir.

Our shallow clay soils are planted to French clones on vigor-reducing rootstocks, resulting in fewer grape clusters of intense flavor, and our artisinal approach to winemaking results in wines that are a reflection of the unique land on which they are grown.

We believe that Sea Smoke's rare geography and commitment to quality have produced wines of exceptional complexity and grace. We hope that you agree and welcome your comments.