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Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2009 (Santa Barbara County, California)
Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2009 (Santa Barbara County, California)

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Winery: Brewer Clifton
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Our 2009 appellation pinot noir is sourced largely from our own managed vineyards, principally Mount Carmel and 3-D complemented by fruit sourced from Rio Vista and Zotovich. All of the vineyards were interpreted in the same fashion of our vineyard designate wines relying predominantly on whole cluster fermentation and only neutral oak elevage.

Incredibly fresh aromatics of strawberry, rose petal and wild brambly fruit followed by flavors of strawberry, pistachio and pork. While very rich in the mouth, the finish is drying and focused marked by our telltale firm and spicy texture.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 vintage):
"A great introduction to their style is their largest production Pinot, the 2008 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills. Beautiful floral, raspberry, and blueberry notes with hints of spice box and underbrush are present in this full-bodied, supple-textured, perfumed wine, which also possesses terrific purity and depth. I even liked it as much or better than some of the single vineyard wines. It can be drunk now (which is an anomaly for many of the Brewer-Clifton Pinots) but should evolve for 8-10 years. It is a stunning blend from many different vineyards in their portfolio.

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." -Robert Parker (8/2010)

93 Points -
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007 vintage):
"A fabulous introduction, the generic cuvee, the 2007 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills (just over 1,000 cases produced), possesses a deep plum/ruby hue as well as gorgeously sweet, sexy, plum, cherry, forest floor, and spring flower notes. Sensual and medium to full-bodied with great fruit, good acidity, and an incredible Burgundian-like character that suggests something from Morey-St.-Denis or further north, it should drink well for 7-8 years." -Robert Parker (8/2009)

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