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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2007

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This wine is 100% from our Santa Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, 95, Mount <br/>Eden and Wente. Yields were 2.1 lbs/plant (1.9 tons/acre) and were harvested by hand then gently <br/>whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in <br/>neutral (5 to 12 year old French oak), partial malolactic (±15%) and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees <br/>disturbance. <br/><br/><em>Tasting Notes: Visually more golden than its sibling above, this wine is loaded with exotic fruit nuances of honeydew, kumquat, star fruit and tangelo. Other citrus and earthy aromas drift towards lemon tart, orange skin and lemon verbena. Wisps of cinnamon, floral honey, graham cracker and hay also subtly shine. The <br/>mouthfeel has grip and volume with hints of dried stone fruits, minerals and brine. It finishes with <br/>delineation and focus energizing the palate. </em><br/><br/>

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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

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
4.50 5
04/30/2010

Marred by a bit of sulfur upon opening, which takes awhile to blow off, this reveals musky melon tones and notes of dried citrus peel with a spicy white pepper undercurrent. On entry this is superbly vibrant with excellent cut and a wonderful crystalline clear quality to the citrus fruits on the palate. The acid is refreshing and cleansing and really drives the sweet fresh fruit across the palate and onto the backend, which reveals just a touch of wood spice. The finish is moderately long, with lovely lemony fruit. A really refreshing and bright bottle of Chardonnay. 92pts


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Snooth User: duncan 906
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3.00 5
03/04/2011

I have had this bottle in my cupboard for just over a year and can remember buying it when it was on a special offer at my local supermarket but I cannot now recall the price although I am sure it was not a lot.I had half of it a couple of days ago with my fish supper and the rest the following night with bread and cheese.I usually have port or a red wine with cheese but it seemed to work OK.The label says'notes of melon and vanilla' and I would not disagree.I thoght it of reasonable quality and value for money but a little bland.My problem is that I went to the London France Show back in January where I got to taste a small glass of Domaine Debray White Burgundy that was just exquisite and so much better than the Blossom Hill but to be fair it was a lot more expensive


Snooth User: blueman49
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2.50 5
11/26/2012

fruity,,dry with a hint of apples


Snooth User: wyno9
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4.00 5
11/22/2009

While I may not offer many flowery adjectives, I can say that I tasted at Melville and this Chard made the strongest impression by far. It has a wonderful fruitiness up front, with a delightfully crisp and smooth finish. Definitely better than the official 3.0 rating. And at its reasonable price it's a no-brainer!


Snooth User: benleo56
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0.00 5
04/02/2009

Way too austere to be consumed now. Read Parker review and was very excited to try it. I did and it lacked depth and a detailed or finessed structure. It was very tart, when first consumed almost fizzy. If it adds fruit on the palate and keeps it minerality it may become a good wine. I won't try it again for two years. It is not ready to drink now. For immediate consumption it doesn't hold a candle to an Aubert, Konsgaard, Kistler or the like.


Snooth User: olivetree
65967263
1.50 5
12/02/2010

One and a half glasses


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

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

The 2007 Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon (just over 15% natural alcohol) offers superb quince, white currant, orange blossom, and lemon oil characteristics in its rich, pure, full-bodied personality. Hints of smoke and earth are also apparent in this brill... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 750ml


External Review
10/17/2009

Melville is owned by father and son Ron and Chad Melville, with Greg Brewer as their winemaker. After owning several vineyards in Napa, Ron Melville came to Santa Rita and never looked back. The microclimate of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, which is characterized by cool temperatures, prominent coastal winds, and foggy mornings, is well suited to growing the grapes of Burgundy. This Chardonnay offers aromas of toast, white peaches, and grapefruit. It is refreshingly bright and carries a lengthy finish.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/20/2011

This wine is a stunner! A very deep golden straw color. On the nose very complex notes of granny smith apples, nectarines, hazelnut and crushed rocks. After taking my first sip I was inundated by the striking minerality, bright acidity, and the balan... John Sweeney. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills 750ml


External Review
11/16/2009

This wine is 100% from our Santa Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, 95, Mount Eden and Wente. Yields were 2.1 lbs/plant (1.9 tons/acre) and were harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral (5 to 12 year old French oak), partial malolactic (±15%) and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. Tasting Notes: Visually more golden than its sibling above, this wine is loaded with exotic fruit nuances of honeydew, kumquat, star fruit and tangelo. Other citrus and earthy aromas drift towards lemon tart, orange skin and lemon verbena. Wisps of cinnamon, floral honey, graham cracker and hay also subtly shine. The mouthfeel has grip and volume with hints of dried stone fruits, minerals and brine. It finishes with delineation and focus energizing the palate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

The more traditional 2007 Chardonnay Estate Verna's offers subtle smoke, white peach, honeyed lemon, and orange blossom characteristics in its full-bodied, crisp, elegant, full-throttle personality. Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Melville Chardonnay Estate Verna's 750ml


External Review
05/12/2008

This small-lot production Chardonnay from Melville is named for the French term "Inox" which means stainless- steel. This is a completely unoaked Chardonnay, showing intense minerality. This wine is aged on its lees for 5 months, creating a rich mouth feel.


External Review
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.


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This wine is 100% from our Santa Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, 95, Mount <br/>Eden and Wente. Yields were 2.1 lbs/plant (1.9 tons/acre) and were harvested by hand then gently <br/>whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in <br/>neutral (5 to 12 year old French oak), partial malolactic (±15%) and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees <br/>disturbance. <br/><br/><em>Tasting Notes: Visually more golden than its sibling above, this wine is loaded with exotic fruit nuances of honeydew, kumquat, star fruit and tangelo. Other citrus and earthy aromas drift towards lemon tart, orange skin and lemon verbena. Wisps of cinnamon, floral honey, graham cracker and hay also subtly shine. The <br/>mouthfeel has grip and volume with hints of dried stone fruits, minerals and brine. It finishes with <br/>delineation and focus energizing the palate. </em><br/><br/>

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