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Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Mount Carmel 2008

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Wine Tasting Notes Dark plum aromas are followed by cranberry and orange peel. Flavors of wild strawberry and fig are complemented by a finish of black walnut like tannin.

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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

Member Reviews for Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Mount Carmel

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
02/06/2010

I really liked this. Dark plum aromas with cranberry and orange peel. Flavors of wild strawberry and hints of fig backed by a nutty tannin. Very interesting and nice. Lingering finish. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 2/6/10


Snooth User: Teppo
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3.00 5
04/18/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Mount Carmel

External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
03/15/2012

92+ Points "The 2008 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel (14.8%) exhibits plenty of black cherry and strawberry notes with hints of lead pencil shavings, Chinese black tea, and earth. Dark ruby, medium to full-bodied, with a striking minerality, this is among the tightest knit and most structured and backward of the 2008 Pinots. One senses that everything is trying to burst the seams beneath its structured veneer. Give it 1-2 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 10-15" Wine Advocate, #190 Aug 2010, Robert Parker "Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton continue to follow a strict philosophy of only using grapes from cool-climate Santa Rita Hills vineyards. Additionally, they have reduced what was a very tiny percentage of new oak to zero, as they prefer the vineyard sites and vintage character to be showcased without any cosmetic makeup. All of these Chardonnays (unlike Greg Brewer's project, called Diatom) are put through full malolactic fermentation and bottled without filtration. The 2008s are elegant, tightly coiled Chardonnays with full flavor, and seem to have plenty of up-side. Their wines are extremely long-lived by California standards, with their 2000 Chardonnays still remarkably young, and their 2000 Pinot Noirs all seeming to have another decade of aging ability. However, 2000 was not nearly the quality vintage that recent years have been in the Santa Rita Hills. Now luckily, to introduce their philosophy of winemaking and singular style of wines to more consumers, they are producing generic Santa Rita Hills version of both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This makes sense, since they are not only high-quality wines, but are also larger production items that many consumers will be able to find. These 2008 Pinots had a little new oak, but that will be abolished completely as the winemakers move to old, completely neutral French oak for the maturation process. The one singular characteristic of Brewer Clifton Pinot Noirs is that they continue to use 100% whole clusters/stems. I am not a fan of stems in Pinot Noirs, but Brewer Clifton proves that if done properly, complex, ageworthy Pinots can be produced." Wine Advocate, #190 Aug 2010, Robert Parker


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/25/2010

Bright ruby. Intense, floral-accented aromas of dark berries and cherry, with complicating notes of anise and dried herbs. Brighter red fruits in the mouth, which features cherry and rose qualities and mounting spiciness. The most powerful and darkes... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Cargasacchi 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/10/2010

Saturated red. Heady red fruits and spices on the nose, with suggestions of potpourri and sandalwood in the background. Silky, seamless and very sweet, offering deep raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of cinnamon. Very suave and alluring, with e... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Mount Carmel 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/10/2010

Bright ruby. High-pitched, floral-accented aromas of red cherry, Asian spices and minerals. An enticingly sweet, sappy midweight, with very good lift and spice to its red berry and floral pastille flavors. Lovely pinot noir, finishing with fine-grain... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/05/2010

This vineyard typically displays a dark, opaque color, but the current vintage indicates some elegance and finesse may be coming down the pike with a fading bright garnet rim. Intense with Santa Barbara's typical crushed berry aromas atop soft yet c... Chuck Hayward. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Mount Carmel 750ml


External Review
09/23/2011

"Incredibly fresh aromatics of strawberry


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/05/2010

Lovely bouquet of dark cherry and cooked strawberry, mixed with iron, mineral notes and a touch of smoke. Soft and inviting on the palate, the wine is elegant without being overpowering, staying true to the Central Coast Pinot Noir flavor profile. Cl... Alex Shaw. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750ml


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Wine Tasting Notes Dark plum aromas are followed by cranberry and orange peel. Flavors of wild strawberry and fig are complemented by a finish of black walnut like tannin.

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