|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
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The 2017 Brewer Clifton Sta Rita Hills has a fresh, open nose of Golden Delicious apple, yellow pear, acacia flowers, crushed stone and white peach. Light to medium-bodied with ripe fruits and integrated acidity, it has a long, minerally finish. About 2,500 cases were produced.
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.
Brewer Clifton Sta Rita 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.
One of the great values out there, the 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers thrilling notes of white flowers, white peach, currants, and toasted bread. This ripe, sexy wine is unquestionably at the same level as the more expensive single vineyard releases, and it will evolve for just as long.
This appellation blend carries that aromatic hallmark of this winery’s Chardonnays, with a streak of walnut oil that decorates the marmalade and toast tones. The palate is bright in acidity, giving energy to the flavors of walnut paste, dried orange peel and sun-dried honeysuckle.
Intense flavors of honeydew melon and pear tart dominate this supple white. The richly spiced finish shows some pastry notes. This wine pairs well with creamy dishes, meaty fish and poultry.