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Join us on Wednesday August 11th as we taste wines from Brewer-Clifton, one of my new favorite wineries! I don’t like chasing scores but when a wine reaches the 95+ point realm I tend to pay attention. That is exactly what happened here and when I looked further into the winery, I saw that the 99 point Chardonnay was just the tip of the iceberg.
Brewer-Clifton is one of the premier Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers in Santa Barbara, a place quickly being recognized as one of the best regions in the world for the varietals. Make sure you secure your spot today, this one will sell out quickly!
Check out the scores of the wines below!!
2019 Brewer Clifton Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills | $31.99
An assembly of each of the blocks and clones from their estate holdings within the Sta. Rita Hills, each of which raised in the exact same fashion without bias or prejudice. Barrel fermented in completely neutral cooperage (10-20 years old), with neither lees disturbance or malo-lactic. Sta. Rita Hills regularly demonstrates citrus aromatics of lemon-lime matched with tremendous salinity reminiscent of a deconstructed margarita. Amazingly diverse food affinity as the wine serves the role of humble condiment to food in much the same way that citrus and salt do to lift, elevate and to make the food ultimately taste more like the food itself.
2019 Diatom Bar M Chardonnay, Santa Barbara | $28.99
93 Points | Deb Dunnuck
A good value, the 2019 Chardonnay Bar-M gives up a juicy, vibrant nose of tart pineapple, citrus, and honeyed flowers. These carry to a rich, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with a killer texture, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. Pairing wonderfully fresh, complex aromatics with plenty of oomph and richness on the palate, this beautiful Chardonnay is ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years (although it will keep even longer).
2018 Brewer Clifton 3-D Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills | $71.99
99 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
My favorite of the Chardonnay releases is the 2018 Chardonnay 3D, and this beauty has everything you could want from a Sta. Rita Hills release. Medium gold-hued, with a stunning nose of stone fruits, white currants, crushed stone, toasted bread, and a hints of green almonds, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. It’s one of the finest Chardonnays in this report.
2018 Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills | $39.99
95 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
Spiced cherries, strawberries, sappy flowers, and hints of gamey, foresty notes all emerge from the 2018 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, and it’s medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate. This stunning value should be snatched up by readers.
2017 Brewer Clifton Machado Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills | $91.99
96 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
Made from equal parts 459 and 37 clones, the 2017 Pinot Noir Machado has a complex bouquet of blackberries, caramelized orange peel, spice, and earth. It’s a beautiful, elegant wine, with medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannins, and a great finish. This is another complex, silky, incredibly compelling wine from this team.
2017 Ex Post Fact Syrah, Santa Barbara | $38.99
93 Points | Robert Parker
Entirely whole-cluster fermented, the 2017 Syrah has a medium ruby color and pretty nose of pipe tobacco, blackcurrant, dried black cherries, chargrill, smoke and garrigue with hints of peppered meats, crushed blueberries and loamy earth. Medium to full-bodied and silky, it gives restrained ripe fruits in the mouth, fleshing out to savory layers, with firm, ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Yum!