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Sea Sun Pinot Noir 2018 Wine Review

Sea Sun Pinot Noir 2018

Sea Sun Pinot Noir 2018

California, United States

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 9

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Price: $24.95

Drink: 2020-2024

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Sea Sun

Agent: The Bacchus Group Inc.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

This medium-bodied, silky smooth red wine features aromas of ripe berries, plum, bing cherry, vanilla, and toasty oak. Pair with veal or roast turkey or chicken. Sea Sun 2018 Pinot Noir is produced by Charlie Wagner from wine grapes sourced from California's cool-climate coastal vineyards. The Wagners come from a long line of Napa Valley wine grape growers and winemakers dating back to the 1850s. They're also the family who produce the coveted Caymus wines.

This Sea Sun Pinot Noir 2018 was reviewed on December 17, 2021 by Natalie MacLean

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Craig Haynes - WSET3 FWS SWS IWS rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This Californian pinot noir is unapologetically lush from start to finish. This red has rich aromas like ripe dark berries, cassis and savoury spices and features stacks of ripe, spiced cherry and berry flavour. A blend of pinot noir harvested from California’s Monterey County, Solano County and Santa Barbara County, it feels full bodied, desert dry, pleasingly mouthcoating with a supple tannin structure.

I like how this pinot’s aroma, flavour and feel collaborate with each other rather than compete head to head.. Rich meat sauces would pair nicely with this 2018 vintage. Enjoy.

Reviewed October 2021
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

The weather has turned cooler, there is a pork roast in the oven, and this rich California Pinot Noir is awaiting the finished meal. Aromas of rich raspberry, currants, and dark cherry with notes of warm spice and a touch of campfire smoke. Dry and medium bodied on the palate, with mouthwatering acidity, and some smooth, supple tannins add lovely body and balance to the ripe and juicy berry flavours. The finish is lengthy with hints of vanilla and spice. This wine is blended from Pinot Noir from Moneterey, Solano, and Santa Barbara County.
Colin McKone - Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This California Pinot Noir is deep ruby in colour and is teaming with ripe fruit aromas, including raspberry, black cherry, and plum with secondary aromas of black pepper and oak. It is medium-full bodied with light tannins and well balanced acidity with flavours of ripe red berries, vanilla and black pepper leading into a medium fruity and spice finish. This will pair well with poultry as well as cheese and tomato based dishes. Tasted on April 3, 2022.
Andrea Shapiro rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A fruity Pinot Noir with elements of dark cherries, smoke, red plum and toasted oak. Flavourful, with cherry nectar and smoky earthy spices lingering throughout the medium body and finish. Suitable to sip alongside meat and cheese charcuterie and grilled pork tenderloin.
Christian Marcoux rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The Sea Sun 2018 a Californian Pinot Noir, offer rich aromas of dark cherry, strawberry, blood orange, rose, dried leaves, spice and brown sugar. Full body with slight tannin and acidity but delivering a dense finish. Palate: juicy cooked cherry, plum sauce, dragon fruit, potpourri, cola and vanilla. Enjoy.
Lynn van der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

An unconventionally dark garnet in the glass, with heady aromas of cherries, vanilla and baking spices. Bursting fruit forward raspberry flavour, with a slightly tart cranberry finish. Medium+ body, made persistent by a slightly higher alcohol level at 14%+ abv
Pair with pizza or roasted pork dishes.
Tasted Nov 2021.
Melanie Lloyd - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Nose: Black cherry with dark and red field berries, violet, autumn leaves, leather, hints if black licorice and black pepper. Palate: Medium bodied, silky, with balanced acidity on the palate. Notes of strawberry and smoke. The flavours linger.

Tasted Nov 2021
Sea Sun celebrates our ongoing exploration of California and its great diversity of land. Our Pinot Noir is sourced from premier coastal regions, with cooling breezes off the Pacific Ocean that balance the bright warmth of the sun. These ideal conditions allow for an extended growing season, enabling us to create a layered wine that holds broad appeal. Strikingly soft, with scents of baked cherries, vanilla and brown spice. - Wagner Family of Wine

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