Sea Smoke Southing Vertical (Traci's House): Extremely dark looking like a SRH Syrah. This is a very ripe and concentrated wine, too ripe for me, as the aromas and flavors are dominated by dark plum pushing towards prune. A little cherry lingers around but it's surrounded by a heavy handed oak treatment. Medium firm tannins.
I tested my Coravin with this 2007 Sea Smoke Southing. It was first accessed in December 2013. It was drunk three times over a period of a year, including a midpoint in June 2014. In January 2015 I uncorked the bottle and drank the last glass – it tasted as fresh as the first! Coravin is the real deal!
As for the wine, it was okay but muted - how did Sea Smoke mess up the 2007 vintage?!
A rather unremarkable bottle that wasn't enjoyed at our Superbowl dinner. Lots of tannins. Some smoothness. The non-geeks said it was 'ok', and they usually like whatever I bring. After 90 minutes, the wine thinned out. Ouch.
Well, this was a superb bottle and the last three were 88-90 from 2013 - 2014 . The only difference? To make room in my cellar over a year ago, I took all of my remaining 2007 Southings out of their 55 degree comfort and placed them in my office that fluctuates from 68 - 78 degrees. Go figure ...
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(Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing) Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; rich cherry, baked cherry, vanilla, caramel nose; tight tart cherry, tart red fruit, mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish
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