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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2008

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Wine Tasting Notes Aromas of lemon peel, white sage and beeswax followed by flavors of kamfir leaf, sudachi and brine. Broad on the palate while maintaining tremendous focus.

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Winery: Brewer-Clifton
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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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 Sta. Rita Hills

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/10/2010

Bright yellow. A complex, expressive bouquet evokes fresh pear, white peach, smoky minerals and iodine. Pliant pit fruit and zesty citrus flavors are complicated by notes of minerals and honeysuckle. The finish features strong mineral and bitter citr... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/01/2010

Aromas of yellow fruits and stunning florals with a lively acidity; it is both broad on the palate while maintaining tremendous focus.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/05/2010

Displays an elegant nose of citrus, pineapple and melon with a slight floral touch. Clean and focused in the mouth where the predominantly citrus flavors are complemented by a great stony minerality as well as good acidity to offset the weight. Fini... John Perry. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"Aromas of lemon


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/16/2010

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 mi... John Sweeney. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 750ml



Wine Tasting Notes Aromas of lemon peel, white sage and beeswax followed by flavors of kamfir leaf, sudachi and brine. Broad on the palate while maintaining tremendous focus.

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