Ten is Sea Smoke’s biggest Pinot, a barrel selection chosen for sheer volume. It easily handles its 100% new oak coating. Needs decanting; even 15 minutes in the glass brought a unifying process, integrating the cedar and smoke with the explosive blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit, and revealing the rich, dense, satiny texture.
Deep red. Exotically perfumed nose offers a wild array of dark berry, cherry, incense and floral scents. Spicy red and dark berry flavors are refreshingly bitter but became sweeter with air, gaining a white pepper and baking spice character. Really stains the palate, finishing with outstanding cling and length. I was looking for oakiness but didn't find it. Curran noted that she's as meticulous as possible with her winemaking, leaving as little as possible to chance. As she put it: "Spontaneity isn't a good idea when you're making red expensive wine." (JR)
Ten takes its name from the number of pinot noir clones planted at Sea Smoke's estate vineyard at the west end of the Santa Rita Hills. The wine feels buff in its youth, sitting firmly in its oak for now. But after a day of air that youthful vigor begins to shine, revealing flavors of persimmon and exotic spice, as well as aromas that recall the coastal chaparral of Santa Barbara County. It's a big wine, with an intriguing blend of cool and warm, much like California's south coast. Built and balanced for several years in the cellar.
Bold, intense, big and expressive, yet for all its size this is well-proportioned, with a mix of ripe berry, plum and earthy mineral notes that unfold gracefully. (JL)
A distinctly ripe yet not surmature nose features hints of spice, black currant and noticeable but not dominant wood influence that continues onto the big, rich, bold and sweet flavors that possess excellent volume on the delicious, sappy and chocolaty finish that has both a subtle tang and more than a touch of warmth. What elevates this beyond the ordinary though is the fine sense of underlying complexity as well as the much better than average length. In sum, this is no ballerina and it's not my style but it does make a statement.
Intensely fruity (black cherry, red berry, mulberry) and lush, though with keen acidity and complex graphite, mint and earth notes. Mouthcoating tannins. Rich yet moderated. 17.5/20 Points (LM)
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