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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
W.H. Smith Maritime Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
W.H. Smith Maritime Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 98998)
boutique wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

531 cases

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About W.H. Smith:

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.