Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Santa Rita Hills, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Aromas of pomegranate, white tea and raspberry. On the palate, notes of dried fig, white truffle and ripe cherry..
Notes: This bottling is comprised of 100% estate pinot noir from three vineyards within the AVA. 3D, Machado and Acin all contribute to the wine which exhibits a drive, richness and pedigree expressive of our special growing area coupled with the purity of fruit and firm structure which have been the trademark of Brewer-Clifton.
The Domain: In 1995, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton met while working on a committee of the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association. At the time both held production jobs at Sunstone and Beckmen, respectively, and forged an immediate friendship that would ultimately germinate in the creation of Brewer-Clifton just one year later. After brief periods being housed within other wineries, Brewer-Clifton created their first standalone facility in Lompoc in 2000, nestled between the local legend Rick Longoria and the upstart Sea Smoke. Y2K proved pivotal both for Brewer-Clifton and Santa Rita Hills, which was identified and approved as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) that same year.
Today, Brewer-Clifton’s estate vineyards now include sixty acres across four separate parcels within the AVA. And with Greg just named Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Winemaker of the Year, we count ourselves incredibly lucky to have secured a limited amount of this highly sought-after bottling for our Red Cellar Trio Club.
Brewer-Clifton believes the geographic, geologic and climatic uniqueness of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation provides an ideal place to grow chardonnay and pinot noir grapes of intensity, complexity and specificity. This is why Founder and Winemaker Greg Brewer, Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Winemaker of the Year, has dedicated his life to this region. Within this appellation, each vineyard carries its own imprint. The Brewer-Clifton mission and passion is to present wines that convey the characteristics inherent to each of these sites, with uncompromising quality.
Brewer–Clifton has the utmost respect for nature. They believe when working with a product of nature, it is necessary to maintain an awareness of the elements and phenomena sometimes beyond their understanding and control. As such, any intervention in the natural evolution of the product must be carried out with the utmost attentiveness and care.