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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2003

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production This wine is 100% Melville estate grapes and is a combination of clones 4, 76, 95 and 96 planted on well-drained sandy-loam soils. Yields averaged 3.2 lbs/plant in our tightly spaced vineyards of 8x3 spacing equating to 1,815 vines/acre. The fruit was hand-harvested selectively from September 9 through October 20, then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold-settled overnight and gravity transferred to barrel for fermentation, partial malo-lactic (±25%) and subsequent sur lie aging. Cooperage was 20% new French oak and is a combination of Sirugue, Marsannay and Damy. 15.0% alcohol. tasting notes True to our mantra, this year’s chardonnay shows similar characteristics of previous vintages mirroring the racy, lemony and minerally style that is so indicative of the extreme cold and windy conditions of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. From the glass, refined aromas of candied lemon and lime intermingle with nuances of pie-crust, spice cake and wet chalk. These same senses are noticeable in the mouth and are supported by hints of yellow grapefruit, cinnamon and gingerbread. On the palate, the wine is lively and fresh, remaining both elegant and gracious, leaving a bright and lengthy finish.

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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

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09/18/2007

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The 2003 Chardonnay Estate reveals sweet pear, peach, and tropical fruit notes along with a gentle touch of new oak, medium to full body, and attractive, long flavors with a hint of orange marmalade. Consume this tasty Chardonnay over the next 2ndash;3 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Pale bright yellow. Tangy pear, peach and yellow plum on the nose. Juicy, shapely and penetrating, with bright, spicy flavors of peach and nutmeg. Fresh acids give the back end a slight sharpness but this is structured and shapely chardonnay.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Deep, musky nose shows more smoke and flint than primary fruits. Big, round, rich and peachy; here the winersquo;s acids seem more thoroughly integrated. Fat and sweet, but the stone fruit and citrusflavors show good verve. Just 20% of this wine went through malolactic fermentation. This is 15% alcohol, but does not come off as hot.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Big, ripe, in-your-face Chard here, as gooey as a fruity custard. Almost a dessert wine, it stays just this side of dry, offering huge flavors of lemon drop mousse, pineapple jam, guava, papaya, golden mango and spicy oak. This is a dramatic, show-me-off Chardonnay.



production This wine is 100% Melville estate grapes and is a combination of clones 4, 76, 95 and 96 planted on well-drained sandy-loam soils. Yields averaged 3.2 lbs/plant in our tightly spaced vineyards of 8x3 spacing equating to 1,815 vines/acre. The fruit was hand-harvested selectively from September 9 through October 20, then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold-settled overnight and gravity transferred to barrel for fermentation, partial malo-lactic (±25%) and subsequent sur lie aging. Cooperage was 20% new French oak and is a combination of Sirugue, Marsannay and Damy. 15.0% alcohol. tasting notes True to our mantra, this year’s chardonnay shows similar characteristics of previous vintages mirroring the racy, lemony and minerally style that is so indicative of the extreme cold and windy conditions of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. From the glass, refined aromas of candied lemon and lime intermingle with nuances of pie-crust, spice cake and wet chalk. These same senses are noticeable in the mouth and are supported by hints of yellow grapefruit, cinnamon and gingerbread. On the palate, the wine is lively and fresh, remaining both elegant and gracious, leaving a bright and lengthy finish.

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