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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2009

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Brewer-Clifton 09 Chardonnay

Region: USA » California » Central Coast

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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

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

Pale golden color with a light yellow rim. Aromas of lychee, lemon custard and vanilla permeate the nose with a framework of subtle oak. Fruit driven upon entry, the palate fleshes out with ripe Meyer lemon, peach and pine resin, showing bright acidi... Alex Lallos. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/09/2012

Aromas of lemon, white flower, white sage and crisp green apple give way to flavors of lemon oil, white peach and brine. Very linear and focused in the mouth leaving a drying, almost crystalline salty finish.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/10/2010

Bright gold. Bright aromas of peach, lemon and chalky minerals. Concentrated, tactile and dense, with a sappy, mineral quality to its pit fruit, citrus and spice flavors. The minerality gains power with air and carries through a bright, precise and v... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
09/13/2011

Aromas of lemon, white flower, white sage and crisp green apple give way to flavors of lemon oil, white peach and brine. Very linear and focused in the mouth leaving a drying, almost crystalline salty finish. Winemaker Notes - This bottling is comprised of five vineyards, most of which are within our estate and managed by our own team. Those sites which anchor the bottling are Mount Carmel, 3-D and Gnesa supplemented by fruit sourced from Zotovich and Sweeney Canyon. All of the vineyards were interpreted identically in the cellar in the exact same fashion as our vineyard specific bottlings employing solely neutral cooperage for fermentation and subsequent aging.


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05/08/2011

Brewer-Clifton 09 Chardonnay


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06/08/2011

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

IWC 91pts. - Tasting Notes - Aromas of lemon, white flower, white sage and crisp green apple give way to flavors of lemon oil, white peach and brine. Very linear and focused in the mouth leaving a drying, almost crystalline salty finish. Winemaker Notes - This bottling is comprised of five vineyards, most of which are within our estate and managed by our own team. Those sites which anchor the bottling are Mount Carmel, 3-D and Gnesa supplemented by fruit sourced from Zotovich and Sweeney Canyon. All of the vineyards were interpreted identically in the cellar in the exact same fashion as our vineyard specific bottlings employing solely neutral cooperage for fermentation and subsequent aging.


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