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.
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The 2005 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir shows elegant fruit, a rich middle palate, firm tannins and Sea Smoke Vineyard's signature cool climate acidity. Aromas of wild blueberries, violets and a subtle dustiness are characteristic of this wine. more
The 2005 Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir shows deep extraction and intensity of flavor, maintains good balance across the palate, and culminates in a firm, but velvety finish. Aromas of dark plum, black cherry, currants, as well as cedar and a hint of earthiness are characteristic of this wine. more
Dark garnet in color, the 2004 Southing is elegantly styled. Aromas of wild blueberries and black cherries mingle with violets and subtle dustiness. This wine has ample body and firm, ripe tannins that integrate well with its cool climate acidity. more
Ten is a darkly colored and substantial wine. It is slow to develop in the glass, ultimately revealing aromas of dark plum, black cherry and currants, along with notes of cedar and a hint of earthiness. Remarkably rich in texture, the wine maintains good balance across the palate and culminates in... more
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... more
...Impressive in the mouth, it exhibits sweet currant, cherry, kirsch, smoke, earth, and licorice. Give it another six months of bottle age, and drink it over the following 5-7 years. This wine was bottled about six weeks before I tasted it, which is usually a difficult period for many wines, even... more
The deep ruby-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Southing exhibits a complex bouquet of damp earth, underbrush, and sweet, smoky cherries in addition to a medium to full-bodied, velvety-textured palate, outstanding purity, impressive persistence, and a long, concentrated finish. It benefits significantly from... more
Accessible aromas of cherry, coffee and cola are punctuated by nuances of maple syrup. Suggestions of mushrooms and forest floor complete this wine's ample nose. The 2002 Botella's aromas follow through in the mouth, being accentuated by bright cherry fruit on the front of the palate. A rich... more
Full-bodied, purse, and impressively rich, with enough acidity and tannin to provide delineation, this powerful yet elegant, impeccably crafted beauty will drink well for 7-8 years.-Wine Advocate
This is the inaugural vintage of our showcase Pinot Noir TEN, so named because it is comprised of... more
Number 63 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2004!
A seductive, brilliantly complex nose reveals dark fruits and black cherries. Restrained oak is punctuated with hints of dried flowers. The 2002 Southing is silky smooth in the mouth. It has a seamless, well integrated palate that is broad in... more