Sea Smoke 2018 Southing Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
95 Points Wine Enthusiast - Extremely suave aromas of rich black cherry, caramel cream and spearmint make for a wondrous, elegant and silky nose on this monopole bottling. Chiseled, expertly polished tannins frame the more delicate sip, where the black-cherry-cream flavors are enhanced by star anise and nutmeg accents.
Winemaking: Hand-harvested, clusters were sorted in the vineyard and then gently destemmed following an evening in our cold room. All ‘jack stems’ were removed on the sorting table. Musts were cold soaked in open-top fermenters for five days, and then inoculated with cultured yeasts to begin slow fermentation. Each tank was manually punched down two times per day, with a total maceration time of fourteen to eighteen days. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, all free run wine was transferred to tank for settling and then pressed at extremely low pressure (0.08 bars) to avoid extracting bitterness. After settling overnight both free-run and press wines were racked to barrels. Southing was bottled with no fining and no filtration
Character: Each year, our goal for Southing is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. The ever-changing nose of the 2017 Southing exhibits baked strawberry, floral scents of rose and violet; and subtle spices. The fine tannins and minerality are enhanced by our estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity.
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Source: Exclusively Sea Smoke Estate
Vineyard Alcohol: 14.7% by volume
Titratable Acidity: 6.1 g/L
Barrel Aging: 16 months
Oak Profile :Exclusively French Oak—28% New Barrels
Release Date: October 2019
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