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Brass Tacks Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Cherry, candy licorice, mint and burnt wood notes on the nose. This is rather broad in the mouth, with fairly assertive acidity that adds considerable cut to the ripe red fruits and adds a green apple edge to the mid-palate. The mid-palate is flecked with licorice and spice, while the rather short finish shows powdery, dusty wood tones. Easy to drink, if simple and not particularly well-balanced. 84pts

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Winery: Brewer-Clifton
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Brewer-Clifton:
Born of an obsession with Santa Barbara County terroir, we formed Brewer - Clifton in the early 1990’s. We both had significant sales and production experience with a multitude of Santa Barbara County wineries, and always felt compelled to push the limits of the fruit from the area further than our previous employers had set forth to do. We set out to put the essence of the best vineya... Read more
Born of an obsession with Santa Barbara County terroir, we formed Brewer - Clifton in the early 1990’s. We both had significant sales and production experience with a multitude of Santa Barbara County wineries, and always felt compelled to push the limits of the fruit from the area further than our previous employers had set forth to do. We set out to put the essence of the best vineyards in the area into a bottle. Cargasacchi VineyardBrewer - Clifton focus solely on site-expressive wines from the Sta. Rita Hills appellation using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as voices of place. The area's long growing seasons and diversity of marine-based soils combine to produce dynamic and explosive wines with great purity and precision. Each vineyard site is nurtured identically, allowing the pedigree of place to play the most significant role in our portfolio of wines. From our initial production of 1996, our pursuit has been to express the individual identity of particular sites within our appellation. While that approach remains a strong driving force behind our efforts, we elected to demonstrate a more complete voice of place beginning with the spectacular 2007 harvest. From this point forward, we expect to release a Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, capitalizing on the blending or our most heralded vineyard holdings. Just like a quartet is incomparable to a solo, it is neither the goal nor the intent to compare our appellation wines with our vineyard-specific bottlings. The two should be interpreted as separate manifestations along a lateral plain where the difference of expression is a celebrated attribute. In addition to our collective efforts, Steve Clifton also produces wine under his own label, called Palmina, which focuses exclusively on Italian varietals, and is the winemaker at Tritono, an Argentine producer of Malbec. Greg Brewer produces wine under the diatom label, as well as being the winemaker at Melville, a Santa Rita Hills winery dedicated to estate grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Brewer-Clifton wines are only available in small quantities. Total production averages between 7,000 and 8,000 cases annually. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Brass Tacks Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

Cherry, candy licorice, mint and burnt wood notes on the nose. This is rather broad in the mouth, with fairly assertive acidity that adds considerable cut to the ripe red fruits and adds a green apple edge to the mid-palate. The mid-palate is flecked with licorice and spice, while the rather short finish shows powdery, dusty wood tones. Easy to drink, if simple and not particularly well-balanced. 84pts


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Snooth User: hellovino
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/07/2011

Rich and juicy blackberry and cherry flavors with hints of chocolate and tobacco. Balanced and smooth. An elegant California Cabernet at a great price.


4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/06/2011

Classic Cab flavors and a good QPR wine. Solid Cabernet from California's Central Coast. Aromas of cherry and leather, confirmed on tasting with plenty of rich ripe red fruits. Tannins are fine and integrated, easy to drink. Buy again.


4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/24/2009

Liked this wine. Good fruit, not over the top, and just the right touch of wood ending with refined tannins. Overall good balance and very food-friendly. The label talks about not over-manipulating their wines and letting the personality of the fruit show. I get it!



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