Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2018


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Santa Rita Hills, California

Jeb Dunnuck 94 points! Wine Advocate 92 points!

Greg Brewer was named Winemaker of the Year 2020 by Wine Enthusiast!

Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills is a superb Chardonnay from the Santa Rita Hills appellation. This bottling is comprised of 100% estate chardonnay from three vineyards within the AVA. 3D, Machado and Acin all contribute to the wine. Only neutral Sirugue barrels are used for 12-18 months. Whole Cluster pressed chardonnay. The winery does not promote or prohibit malolactic fermentation, allowing wine to be in balance, bright and elegant. In the words of Founder/Winemaker Greg Brewer, "We are committed to a finite stretch of land within the Sta. Rita Hills appellation even before we mapped and defined it some twenty years ago. From our first working moments here in the early 1990's, we have been lured and seduced by this magnificent wine growing area. The pure crystalline sand soils under our feet and the salty air blowing continuously from the rugged nearby sea set an immediate hook from which we could never escape."

"Starting with the Chardonnays, the 2018 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is a winner and is ideal for readers looking to understand the Sta. Rita Hills as well as the style of the wines at Brewer-Clifton. Medium gold, with a great nose of Meyer lemons, caramelized orchard fruits, hints of sappy herbs, and a touch of seaside-like salinity and minerality, it's medium to full-bodied and has a rounded,
elegant texture, nicely integrated acidity, and a clean, classy finish.""-Jeb Dunnuck, August 2020, 94 points!

"The 2018 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills has very pretty aromas of perfumed quince, pears and peaches with notes of honey and hazelnuts and a bright lemon peel lift. The light to medium-bodied palate is slow to unfold to delicate, seamlessly fresh fruits with savory bass tones and a long, lifted finish. 2,500 cases produced. Drink 2020-2025."-Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, 92 points!

Enjoy Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills with lobster, roast chicken, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses.

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