3+ hours breathing in the bottle resulted in dark red on the eye, aromas of black cherries, a bit of spice and vanilla. Strong, dark, velvety red fruits on the palate. Long, smooth finish. Breathing allowed for the alcohol, which was present initially, to become subdued. Tres yummy!
After Sea Smoke was disrespected last weekend in the New York Times, I had to open a bottle. It has been over a year since I opened one of these (see 3/6/14 note). Bottom line: it is a lovely wine, hardly the dark prince of over-ripe, high-alcohol, greed-head, points-chasing winemaking that NYT piece would have you believe. Clear dark garnet. Nose of black cherry, minerals, spice, and vanilla. Ripe medium palate of black cherry, strawberry, plum, anise, and vanilla. Excellent finish. Food-friendly acidity. The alcohol is barely noticeable. It is better than Sandhi.
Different compared to my memories of this wine (but not in a bad way). Was expecting more straight up fruit but pleasantly surprised by some earth and mocha notes mixed in with the red fruits. Not as bold or luscious as the Central Coast Kosta Brown and had better acidty so it paired well with food. Decanted and aerated in cellar for two hours with good evolution in the glass as dinner progressed.
We had a big party with one of the sons of a bodega in Rioja so we pulled out one of our favourite California Pinot Noirs. Education always fun!!! To say he was impressed would be a British understatement. 3+ hours breathing in the bottle helped to bring out the wonderful aromas and silky subtlety of Southing.
We should point out that, in our initial Sea Smoke days, we loved the Ten, discarded the Botella from our allocation and considered the Southing as something we would sip now and again as a “smaller” alternative to the big one. We still do not care for the tooty-fruity Botella, but must confess to falling in love with the South. The purplish red colour leads one to a floral and dar fruit nose exhibiting complexity perhaps beyond that of the Ten. Southing is an elegant lady - Sophia Loren - which seduces with its fine tannins in a relatively long finish. We are not giving up on the Ten, but the Southing now ranks in the “this is a Pinot Noir we want to drink everyday” category.
Nose is all candied red fruit. Ripe cherries and a little bit of cola, with zippy acidity and a bit of new oak across the finish. Good concentration, so will go strong for a while. I expect that this will be doing just fine in 5-6 years, but it's a fantastic bottle worth drinking right now.
A little stronger out that gate than I wanted, even after an hour decant, but it continued to soften over time. I think is going to be very good, but I would hold it another year, or give more air time, or pair with a food that can stand up to it. Looking forward to the next bottle.
Wanted to try a young Sea Smoke from a cooler vintage and was not disappointed. Despite PnP, it became round and beautiful with nice spiciness in minutes. Lighter in body with fresh acidity it sings through your palate. Finishes harmonious. Rich nose of red cherry and spices. It is a Cali pinot so Burghounds looking for bracing austere fruit or those who like darker syrah-like pinots will knock the style. Hit the right notes for me with sausage and pepper on crostini appy's.
Smooth berries on the palate. Opened a bit heavy on the fruit, but opened quickly to smooth leather and cherry tones. Tannins were smooth and light. Aftertaste was medium in length. Overall nice offering for a casual dinner of veal.
Nobody would mistake this wine for a Burgundy. Or Oregon. Or anywhere but California. Clear Garnet. Nose of Cherry, cinnamon, and smoke. Bright, juicy palate of cherry, spice and vanilla. Excellent length. Bright acidity. Overall, it is a bit simple. But a bright sunny Cali Pinot like this is hard to resist.
Thought we'd try a 2011 tonight, and as expected this was all big youthful exuberance. The nose was very expressive with aromas of sassafras, vanilla, bright red cherry and maybe some black cherry, baking spice and earth, all of which carried through to the palate with big, rich, forward, almost jammy flavors along with mineral undertones. As usual, this is a big, forward Cali PN that is drinking nicely tonight, but is not showing much in the way of subtlety or finesse. There's a lot going on here and I think its enjoyable today for what it is, but for me personally, I like Sea Smoke with a few more years on it.
At Timber Cove Inn with G/W; good mixed dark fruit and clean earth; full mid palate; spice notes; the oak is there, but well integrated; enough acidity to keep it lively; might have guessed some syrah added, but it had the body of a pinot; worked well with the crab cakes and tomato bisque.
It might be a little early to consume this wine, but if you do I don't think you will be disappointed. Right now, it is showing very well. It has some old world elegance with a little new world zing. Nice bouquet and very nice finish. Definitely recommended. 91+ points all day. A great effort.