2005 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.
Clusters were sorted in the vineyard and then gently destemmed following an evening in our cold room; 'jack stems' were removed by hand. The must was cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for one to four days (depending upon the lot), and 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 seeds. After settling overnight, both free-run and press wines were racked cleanly to separate barrel lots.
The 2005 Sea Smoke Botella Pinot Noir expresses lovely, elevated fruit tones with well balanced acidity and tannins. This wine is lively on the palate, with a long crisp finish.
APPELLATION Santa Rita Hills
COMPOSITION 100% Pinot Noir
VINEYARD SOURCE Exclusively Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard
ALCOHOL 14.7% by volume PH 3.50
TOTAL ACIDITY 0.63g/100ml
BARREL AGING 16 months
OAK PROFILE 40% new French oak, 60% used French oak (12 different coopers)
RELEASE DATE May 2007
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