Full disclosure - I am a bigger fan of Sea Smokes Southing than I am 10. I usually find the 10 to be a bit hot and heavy on the alcohol. In retrospect, I likely have been drinking 10 too early. This was delicious. Full bodied, polished, full of ripe cherry and strawberry, balanced by earthy, smoky flavors. This pretty much overwhelmed the 2011 Freestone Pinot that preceded it. An elegant complement to a charcuterie tray to start the evening event.
A lot of Pinot Noirs (My backyard): I liked this much more than the Botella. This is very big and pumped up but it also has balance. Lots of cherry fruit on the nose, some vanilla. Great lush texture. Juicy acidity. Cherries and dark cherry fruit on the palate. Long finish. Delicious.
Opened for an hour. Dark ruby color. Nose of dark berries. Medium bodied, enjoyable taste of blackberry/blueberry. Fruit is slightly diminished but still enjoyable. Nice finish. Wouldn't wait too much longer to drink these.
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