W.H. Smith is a brand that has not been on my radar until fairly recently. A label created in 1992 exclusively for Pinot Noir it is owned by Bill and Joan Smith of La Jota Vineyard fame. Planting over 350 acres of Pinot Noir in the up and coming Sonoma Coast AVA, the Smith’s now produce two vineyard designate wines and this blend.
W.H. Smith Wines, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2005 ($30) – Bright ruby in color with smoky cherry, cinnamon and clove aromas. In the mouth there is rich raspberry, black cherry and spice flavors finishing long with great balance and nice acidity. The way California Pinot should be.
Natural cork closure