Deep in the heart of the northern hemisphere’s southernmost and sunniest region, lies the Sta. Rita Hills wine appellation. The Pacific Ocean creates a cooling fog, also referred to as sea smoke that funnels the hillside and makes for an optimal home to grow Pinot Noir. The 40-acre property that is the Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard provides the producer with its entirety of fruit, which is comprised of 10 different clones of Pinot Noir as well as 10 acres planted of Chardonnay. Because of a change in winemaker in recent years, Sea Smoke has undergone a shift in style of their Pinot Noir wines with less extraction, less oak, and even more recognition.
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