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Brewer Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Parker rated the 2007- 93 points! This light gold-colored effort reveals no evidence of wood aging, offering terrific acidity as well as a distinctive subtle earthiness underlying the abundant display of honeysuckle, marmalade, and lemon blossom-like fruit. Deep, full-bodied, vibrant, and alive, it should drink well for 7-10 year.

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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

External Reviews for Brewer Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The 2008 Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills has loads of lemon honeysuckle and citrus blossoms yet for such a full-flavored Chardonnay it is stunningly elegant fresh and crystalline. A light straw-colored powerful wine (14.6% alcohol) it should be drunk over the next 3-5 years. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

This is a wonderful example of Cali chardonnay. Initially restrained on the nose with a little air it really starts to open up. Melon peach apricot lemon and tangerine notes all come through when it starts to strut its stuff. Possesses a great minerality not present in most chardonnays from this region as well as pleasant floral notes and terrific texture. John Sweeney.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Vivid yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of orange marzipan and sweet butter. Musky gently sweet and fresh in the mouth with citrus and orchard fruit and crushed stone flavors joined by a suggestion of toasted nuts. There s a suave buttery character to this deep open-knit wine but tangy minerality on the finish gives it energy and lift. Seems more powerful and more approachable than the nervier 2007 version. -Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzers IWC.



Parker rated the 2007- 93 points! This light gold-colored effort reveals no evidence of wood aging, offering terrific acidity as well as a distinctive subtle earthiness underlying the abundant display of honeysuckle, marmalade, and lemon blossom-like fruit. Deep, full-bodied, vibrant, and alive, it should drink well for 7-10 year.

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