Brewer Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014
|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
The polished, elegantly styled 2014 Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills gives up lots of black cherry, crushed flowers, leather and spice aromas and flavors to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured profile on the palate. This fresh, nicely focused 2014 has nicely integrated acidity, very polished tannin and the balance and depth to keep for 5-6 years.
Starts trim and focused, and then the fruit accelerates and expands, with a burst of spicy raspberry, fresh earth, wilted rose and black licorice. The texture smoothes out, but this is appealing for the zesty personality and fine-grained tannins. Drink now. 5,700 cases made.
Brewer-Clifton's 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is bright, focused and nicely delineated throughout. Rose petal, herbs and bright red stone fruits are given an extra lift from the vinification with 85% whole clusters. The Sta. Rita Hills is mostly Machado, with pieces from Acin, Hapgood and 3-D. Like many wines in this vintage, the Sta. Rita Hill is a bit light in structure. Drink it over the next few years.