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At Sea Smoke, the objective is to produce the best Pinot Noir possible from their unique vineyard site. Located on south-facing hillside bluffs, the estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure – producing grapes with optimum flavor, color and tannin development. The heat generated during the day is moderated each evening by a marine fog layer (sea “smoke”), which travels up the Santa Ynez River canyon, cooling the vines and resulting in a longer ripening period. This extended ‘hangtime’ allows the grape tannins to fully ripen prior to harvest, creating wines that are rich and supple.
The pursuit of great Pinot Noir can also be seen in the meticulous management of the estate vineyard. Sea Smoke strives for low crop yields and small grape clusters of intense flavor. To this end, the rich clay soils are planted with ten, top quality Pinot Noir clones on vigor reducing rootstocks. While they employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help achieve vine balance and vigor reduction, they also recognize that technology is no replacement for skilled people. Every one of the vines receives personal handling from the vineyard crew seven to eight times each year – every vine. As stewards of this remarkable piece of land, they are also dedicated to its long-term wellbeing. In this spirit, they have been farming Sea Smoke sustainably since 2003, and now farm 80 acres biodynamically, including the blocks destined for our Sea Smoke Chardonnay and Sea Spray Blanc de Noirs.
“Ten is named for the ten Pinot Noir clones found on our estate vineyard. Our most masculine wine, it is brooding and intense, with firm, mature tannins and a long, velvety finish. Ten is not for the faint-of-heart and has been known, on occasion, to convert even the most fanatic Cabernet lover. “
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