The warm and inviting aroma of praline, plum, and berry combine with the essence of sea spray which is characteristic of the fruit's influence from the Pacific Ocean. On the palate the wine is fruit forward and complex with hints of fig and dried fruit. It is a beautiful wine that pair well with food and stands strong on its own.
Maritime is a proprietary name for the very best Pinot Noir from the vintage. The 2013 Maritime Pinot Noir is predominantly from two vineyards located just miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vintage also includes lots of Marimar Estate Vineyard and Saltonstall Vineyard. Combined, the vineyards are planted with Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777.
The primary processes include cold soaking for 6-8 days in stainless steel followed by fermentation to 14-16 brix then transfer to barrel and fermented to dryness. Hands on from start to finish selecting the finest barrels before bottling for this reserve Pinot Noir.
In 1974 the late Bill Smith wandered up a windy road on the Vaca Mountain range in Napa Valley and discovered the abandoned La Jota Vineyard winery. Falling for the beauty of the now famed Howell Mountain region, he and his wife Joan began their wine adventure. His first commercial vintage from this property under the La Jota Winery label was in 1982. Bill credits prominent winemaker Randy Dunn as being an initial early influence during his formative winemaking years after selling the La Jota winery in 2000, friend and winemaker Helen Turley inspired Bill Smith to try his hand at Pinot Noir. So and began the W.H. Smith label where he excelled in making primarily Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast region.
The first vintage of Maritime Ridge Vineyards—one of four vineyards—was harvested in 2002 and was released in the spring of 2004. W.H. Smith Winery now has four Pinot Noirs: a Sonoma Coast blend, Marimar Estate Vineyard, Hellenthal Vineyard, Umino Vineyard and the flagship Maritime Vineyard all from the Sonoma Coast appellation.
Bill sourced grapes from these vineyards which he felt gave Pinot Noir its truest expression.Bill was instrumental in the development of blending pinot noir clones after discrete fermentation process, using Clone 777, 828 and Salton115 among others. What followed was his expert blending technique that would become his signature Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.In addition, Bill felt a mixture of various vineyards created still more complexity, bringing out the best that each vineyard could offer while allowing for vintage consistency. His knowledge and wine making wisdom has been passed on to the winemaking staff at W.H. Smith with a pledge of continuing Bill’s legacy.