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2005 Sea Smoke Cellars Pinot Noir Botella Sta. Rita Hills
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($39) Deep red. Spicy cherry and raspberry on the nose, with exotic cola and cinnamon qualities adding complexity. Sweet red berry and kirsch flavors are open-knit, juicy and lightly firmed by silky tannins. Gains a peppery, spicy quality on the finish, which is smoky, sweet, broad and long. "The lots for this bottling are chosen for being fruit-driven and requiring less time to open," said winemaker Kris Curran.

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Botella
12/20/2007
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Not quite as appreciated as the Southing

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