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Brewer Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014
SKU: 1960

Brewer Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

  • wa91
  • ws91
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With pinot noir we strive to remove the winemaker's signature, allowing the voice of the vineyard to be the overriding expression. Utilizing a protocol of minimal intervention and whole cluster fermentation, stems play a vital role in both our farming and fermentation processes, ultimately adding structure to the wine. They are an integral part of what we receive from the vineyard and offer architechture to the wines, allowing them to gain complexity and depth as they age. The fruit from each vineyard is handled identically from harvest to bottling, allowing the true essence of the site to best be expressed.
Wine Advocate
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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.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 30, 2016
Wine Spectator
  • ws91

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.

James Laube, 2016
  • v88

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.

Antonio Galloni, September 2016