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2009 Sea Smoke Cellars Pinot Noir Southing Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Deep violet color.  Intense, oak-spiced aromas of dark berries, cherry liqueur, potpourri and woodsmoke.  Deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry cola flavors show good breadth, surprising vivacity and a silky texture (this has a low pH of 3.3, by the way), with notes of candied lavender and sassafras coming up with aeration.  In a ripe but energetic style, finishing with very good cling and lingering spiciness.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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