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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2006

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Produced: 1036 cases Released: 07.14.07 Alcohol: 15.0% This wine is 100% from our Los Alamos estate and is a combination of clones 76, 95 and 96. The fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in 20% new French (Damy) oak with only partial malolactic (±10%). Tasting Notes: Yellow-green gold in color, this chardonnay exudes fascinating yellow, white and green aromatics of cherimoya, cactus, cassava, lime skin, yellow plum, yellow raspberry, jicama, chalk, gardenia and plantains. Other ethereal nuances drift towards agave, salt, quartz, granite, sage, anise, honey and walnut. The wine is crisp and driven on the palate finishing with a graceful weight and abundant texture.

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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 Ashley's Vineyard

External Review
Source: CoolVines
03/23/2009

Planted by Norm and Traudl Huber and farmed by Brewer - Clifton, the soil is virtually pure sand, with the twenty-two year old vines driving deep into the earth. The wine clearly shows the crisp minerality of the soil of the vineyard.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/11/2009

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2006 Melville Chardonnay Estate Verna's 750ml


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
04/15/2009

This wine is 100% from our Los Alamos estate and is a combination of clones 76, 95 and 96. The fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in 20% new French (Damy) oak with only partial malolactic (�10%). 15.0% alcohol.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The amazing 2006 Chardonnay Huber is a brilliant example of full-bodied power buttressed by considerable acidity, lemon butter, tangerine, mango, and exotic fruits. It is a steely, lean but powerful C... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2006 Diatom Chardonnay Huber 750ml


External Review
Source: CoolVines
03/23/2009

Brewer-Clifton focuses solely on the production of vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton have set out to put the best vineyards in Santa Barbara into a bottle. One of the oldest chardonnay sites in the Sweeney Canyon, the grapes are dry farmed in a combination of river silt and diatomaceous soil. Spearmint and ginger aromatics with flavors of dried apricot and ginger snap are present. 2,592 btls produced.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
04/01/2008

Melville Chardonnay Estate Verna's This wine is 100% from our Los Alamos estate and is a combination of clones 76, 95 and 96. The fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in 20% new French (Damy) oak with only partial malolactic (�10%). 15.0% alcohol.



Produced: 1036 cases Released: 07.14.07 Alcohol: 15.0% This wine is 100% from our Los Alamos estate and is a combination of clones 76, 95 and 96. The fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in 20% new French (Damy) oak with only partial malolactic (±10%). Tasting Notes: Yellow-green gold in color, this chardonnay exudes fascinating yellow, white and green aromatics of cherimoya, cactus, cassava, lime skin, yellow plum, yellow raspberry, jicama, chalk, gardenia and plantains. Other ethereal nuances drift towards agave, salt, quartz, granite, sage, anise, honey and walnut. The wine is crisp and driven on the palate finishing with a graceful weight and abundant texture.

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