The Sea Smoke wines have become quite famous as of late and I have tasted them in the past and have been somewhat impressed with the quality.
The 2005 Sea Smoke Southing pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The fruit was sourced from the Sea Smoke estate vineyard and was aged for 16 months in 65% new French oak and 35% used French oak.
The bouquet of this wine expresses wild strawberry notes combined with crushed rock, earth, and violets. The alcohol is a touch visible on the nose and continues onto the palate where robust flavors of wild berry and earth are themed.
This wine has great acidity and is very powerful in it's attack. The only thing that bothers me is the intrusion of alcohol both on the nose and the palate. I really think this bottle could have done with another 2-3 years in the cellar to help calm it down a bit. Very good but not worth the hefty price tag in my humble opinion. 90 points