Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2004

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This wine is 100% Santa Rita Hills from our Lompoc estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76 and 96, planted on wel...

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Orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a note of damp earth characterize the full-bodied 2004 Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa. With terrific acidity as we... Read more

Orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a note of damp earth characterize the full-bodied 2004 Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa. With terrific acidity as we... Read more

The Montrachet-like 2004 Chardonnay Ashley s Vineyard (made with a Mt. Eden clone of Chardonnay) displays a liquid-like minerality as well as unbel... Read more

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/21/2010

Orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a note of damp earth characterize the full-bodied 2004 Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa. With terrific acidity as well as a striking minerality, it should drink well for 5-6 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2004 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa 750ml


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Source: Epic Cellars
09/25/2010

Orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a note of damp earth characterize the full-bodied 2004 Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa. With terrific acidity as well as a striking minerality, it should drink well for 5-6 years.


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
09/25/2010

The Montrachet-like 2004 Chardonnay Ashley s Vineyard (made with a Mt. Eden clone of Chardonnay) displays a liquid-like minerality as well as unbelievably broad, intense flavors of white currants, peaches, subtle honey, and orange blossoms. Super-rich and long with great definition, this cool climate effort is a fabulous example of a remarkably nuanced and complex Chardonnay. It should be consumed over the next 10-12 years.


Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is 100% Santa Rita Hills from our Lompoc estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76 and 96, planted on well-drained sandy-loam soils. Yields averaged 3.8 lbs/plant in our tightly spaced vineyard of 8 x 3 spacing equating to 1,815 vines/acre. The fruit was hand-harvested then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold-settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation with 20% new French oak entirely from Damy, partial malo-lactic (±30%) and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. 15.3% alcohol. tasting notes Stylistically similar to previous chardonnays from our Santa Rita Hills estate with refined aromatics of candied lemon, lime skin, orange blossom and citrus oil. It is pure and clean with additional hints of crushed white rock, orange rind, orange melon and lemon tart. These motifs continue wrapping around the palate keeping the wine laser crisp and fresh offering added complexity and texture finishing with great drive.

This wine is 100% Santa Rita Hills from our Lompoc estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76 and 96, planted on well-drained sandy-loam soils. Yields averaged 3.8 lbs/plant in our tightly spaced vineyard of 8 x 3 spacing equating to 1,815 vines/acre. The fruit was hand-harvested then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold-settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation with 20% new French oak entirely from Damy, partial malo-lactic (±30%) and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. 15.3% alcohol. tasting notes Stylistically similar to previous chardonnays from our Santa Rita Hills estate with refined aromatics of candied lemon, lime skin, orange blossom and citrus oil. It is pure and clean with additional hints of crushed white rock, orange rind, orange melon and lemon tart. These motifs continue wrapping around the palate keeping the wine laser crisp and fresh offering added complexity and texture finishing with great drive.

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