95 points Wine Enthusiast
The Maritime bottling traditionally has represented some of the highest expressions of W.H. Smith’s various Pinot Noirs. Gentle and yet complex, it opens with notes of raspberries and cherries accented with mushrooms and minerals. There’s a deep, brooding earthiness, along with all sorts of spiced orange-rind and sandalwood notes. A great effort, and one of the best Pinots of the vintage. Drink now through 2020. (12/2013)
90 points Wine Spectator
This charming, delicate Pinot offers savory, dried herb and forest floor notes, with black tea, mint and blackberry flavors slowly unwinding. Gets more interesting by the moment. Drink now through 2023. (5/2014)
The 2010 growing season was challenging for the Sonoma Coast appellation. The uncommonly cold, wet weather resulted in a longer than usual growing season producing wine that is richly flavored with excellent acidity and wonderful balance. This wine is a true testament to classic Pinot Noir flavors. The warm and inviting aroma of fig and berry combine with an essence of sea spray which is characteristic of the fruit’s influence from the Pacific Ocean. On the palate these wonderful aromas are balanced by notes of caramel, cedar and plum. It is a beautiful, vivacious wine that is a great accompaniment to food.