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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2008

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A golden-green hue glistens brightly with opulent citrus elements of lemon peel and orange blossom. Other scents of yellow fruits such as cassava and pluot mix with decadent hints of magnolia, white cake batter, kettle corn and brown butter. A subtle hint of pebbles and pineapple basil flows in the background. On the palate the wine is rich and fleshes out these nuances more comprehensively giving it ample weight but remains vibrant and fresh.

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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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2008 Chardonnay Estate has much more orange blossom and tropical fruit, with a hint of honeyed citrus, more color, and a slightly more caramelized style to it, but with less minerality than the Verna's. Again, the purity and precision are impress... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Melville Chardonnay Estate 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/09/2010

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/10/2010

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Diatom Chardonnay Clos Pepe 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/15/2011

A brilliant, pale golden hue pushes all the way to the edge of the rim. displays. The nose is very reminiscent of premier cru Chablis, and might be mistaken for one if tasted blind, with notes of meyer lemon, sea shell and a touch of orange marmalad... John Sweeney. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2008 Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon is medium golden in color, more evolved than the other Chardonnays, and also slightly more ostentatious and tropical. While plenty of acidity is present to buttress the wine's intensity and richness, it is something... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Yellow-gold. Exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of sweet butter, melon, smoky lees and iodine. Open-knit melon and pit fruit flavors are given spine by gentle acidity and complemented by notes of buttered toast and minerals. This plump, weig... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

One of California's most successful stainless steel fermented and aged Chardonnays is Melville's Clone 76 Inox. The medium to full-bodied 2008 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox exhibits crisp acids along with lemon, peach blossom, and honeyed citrus notes. A ... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox 750ml


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A golden-green hue glistens brightly with opulent citrus elements of lemon peel and orange blossom. Other scents of yellow fruits such as cassava and pluot mix with decadent hints of magnolia, white cake batter, kettle corn and brown butter. A subtle hint of pebbles and pineapple basil flows in the background. On the palate the wine is rich and fleshes out these nuances more comprehensively giving it ample weight but remains vibrant and fresh.

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