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Brass Tacks North Coast Petite Sirah 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit vanilla-heavy at first, but then this gains some nice candied red plum fruit with hints of peppery cinnamon and minty black licorice adding some complexity. Shows fairly restrained in the mouth with some extracted tannins early on that are a bit prominent due to the restrained fruit. The flavors are a bit inky and lightly spicy with some candied tones to the core of blackberry fruit. The back end turns a bit lightly candied, but it works well with the rather fresh black fruitiness of the wine. And while the wood tannins seem to be rather prominent on the moderately long finish, that works with the wine, adding some not unexpected rusticity. 88pts

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Region: USA » California » North Coast

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Winery: Brewer-Clifton
Color: Red
Varietal: Petite Sirah
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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 North Coast Petite Sirah

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,032
3.50 5
07/02/2011

A bit vanilla-heavy at first, but then this gains some nice candied red plum fruit with hints of peppery cinnamon and minty black licorice adding some complexity. Shows fairly restrained in the mouth with some extracted tannins early on that are a bit prominent due to the restrained fruit. The flavors are a bit inky and lightly spicy with some candied tones to the core of blackberry fruit. The back end turns a bit lightly candied, but it works well with the rather fresh black fruitiness of the wine. And while the wood tannins seem to be rather prominent on the moderately long finish, that works with the wine, adding some not unexpected rusticity. 88pts


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Snooth User: rhwine
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5.00 5
06/22/2010

A very nice California Petite Sirah. Very fruity with big tannins. Classic Petite Sirah aromas of blackberry, cassis, pepper and hint of leather notes. We enjoyed it with lamb chops, madea very nice wine pairing.


Snooth User: talktalk
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4.00 5
07/12/2010

Four glasses



Tasting Notes:

Brass Tacks Petite Sirah is an opulent wine offering flavors of blackberry, vanilla and hints of black pepper. Well-integrated tannins lead to a smooth, balanced finish.

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