2003 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Botella
Botella is the name of a rich, well-drained clay loam soil found on our estate vineyard. The wine is immediately approachable and soft on the palate while maintaining the signature minerality of the soil for which it is named. Botella is available in very limited quantities (to our List members only) and is not made every vintage.
Grapes were hand-sorted and gently de-stemmed with no crushing; 'jack stems' were removed by hand. The must was cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for one to four days (depending upon the lot), then inoculated with a cultured yeast to begin a slow fermentation. Each tank was manually punched down one to three times per day over a period of 10 to 14 days. Upon completion of primary fermentation, and the desired number of maceration days, all free-run wine was transferred to tank for settling. Pressing was done at extremely low pressure (0.08 bars) to avoid extracting bitterness from the seeds. After settling overnight, both the free-run and the press wines were racked cleanly to separate barrel lots. The final blend includes lots that expressed lovely, elevated fruit tones and a balanced acid/tannin profile. The wine was aged for 18 months in 40 percent new French oak barrels and was bottled without filtration.
The 2003 Botella is dark ruby in color and has a bright, fruit forward nose: cherries, cola, wild berries and exotic spices meld beautifully together. This wine is lively, yet sophisticated on the palate. A broad mouth is followed with rich, chewy tannins and a pleasingly long, crisp finish.
APPELLATION Santa Rita Hills
COMPOSITION 100% Pinot Noir (Grown exclusively on Sea Smoke's Estate Vineyard)
ALCOHOL 14.5% by volume
TOTAL ACIDITY 0.61g/100ml
BRIX AT HARVEST 25.2
RELEASE DATE October 2005
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Bottles are in perfect condition.