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Brewer-Clifton 2004 Mount Carmel Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $52

Brilliant aromatics characterize this powerful wine. It has lots of charry, fine oak and huge fruit, like apricots, peaches, pineapples and mangoes. In the mouth, a firm minerality kicks in, based on high, clean acidity. This is a beautifully complex, dazzling Chard, intense and pure, but balanced and elegant.

 — S.H.  (3/1/2006)
94
points

Brewer-Clifton 2005 Mt. Carmel Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $60

The complex aromaa of this dramatic young wine is of mushrooms and wet tree bark, wintergreen, cloves, nutmeg and anise, and fruitier notes of cherries, cola and pomegranates. The mouth is very complex, too, with a finish of intensely pure cherries. But the wine is young and tannic. It will be best after 2008, and should drink well for at least another five years.

 — S.H.  (4/1/2007)
93
points

Brewer-Clifton 2007 Mount Carmel Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

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  1. $78

A big, rich powerhouse of a wine, freighted with tannins and fragrant in savory wood spice, forest floor, cardamom, roasted thyme, sage, sandalwood, licorice and red cherry pulp flavors. Dry and full-bodied, this young wine needs time. Better after 2012.

 — S.H.  (11/1/2009)
93
points

Brewer-Clifton 2005 Cargasacchi Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $56

This is among my favorites of the ’05 B-C Pinots. The stems make the wine earthier and more tannic than most other SRH Pinot Noirs, in a way, more old-fashioned. The wine needs time, but the massive heart of cola, black cherry, plum and coffee flavors, not to mention the brisk acidity, suggests greater drinkability by 2008. This is a classy, exotic and complex…

 — S.H.  (4/1/2007)
93
points

Brewer-Clifton 2005 Mt. Carmel Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $52

This Chard shows the immaculate purity of SRH Chard, that intensely pure lemon drop and pineapple taste, while oak adds exotic layers of custard and buttercream. High acidity adds the perfect finishing touch, making all this richness bright.

 — S.H.  (4/1/2007)
93
points

Brewer-Clifton 2005 Seasmoke Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $48

This is a big, rich wine, huge in fruit of the tropical-pie flavors. Huge in alcohol, it wears its weight well. The wine, from this venerable vineyard, feels honeyed, opulent, massive, and is almost better by itself than with food.

 — S.H.  (4/1/2007)
93
points

Brewer-Clifton 2005 Sweeney Canyon Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $56

From some of the oldest Chard vines in the area comes this dramatically rich wine. Bursting with lemon drop, Meyer lemon mousse, peach pulp and toasty new oak, this is a very ripe wine whose high alcohol, 16.4%, shows only as a dusting of white pepper and spicy clove that makes the finish piquant.

 — S.H.  (4/1/2007)
93
points

Brewer-Clifton 2004 Melville Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $46

It’s odd that while the alcohol here is lower than on the winery’s Rancho Santa Rosa bottling, the wine tastes hotter, with a pepper spice note that actually complements the ripe, exotic tropical fruit, pear and buttercream flavors. This is a very big, complex wine, long-lasting in the finish and impressive for the way its mass is balanced and contained.

 — S.H.  (8/1/2006)
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