Iconic Brewer-Clifton Pinot From Estate Vineyards
From classic Burgundian Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, rooted in the sandy and clay loam hillsides of Santa Barbara County’s Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Brewer-Clifton has become synonymous with some of the best coastal California Pinot Noir in existence. Greg Brewer’s powerful, elegantly structured 2014 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir was sourced from three estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills. Robert Parker called it “supple and nicely textured,” “fresh,” and with “the balance and depth” to drink now or cellar.
Brewer-Clifton’s Pinot grapes are blanketed by maritime breezes and fog in the mornings, and sun-kissed in the afternoons. The result is clear — terrific balance between stunning dark-fruited purity with juicy acidity to boot.
Their hallmark purity of fruit and elegant structure results from a strict farming regime that ensures stems are ultra-ripe, while bright fruit flavors are captured during whole-cluster fermentation — and gain stunning complexity with age.
Three vineyards provide Pinot grapes for this stunning cuvée. From the 3D vineyard, sandy, clay soils impart salinity and minerality, while fruit off Machado delivers dark berry flavors and spice from vines that snake deep into its sandy-clay loam soils over rolling hills, and Acin (a stone’s throw from the iconic Melville and Babcock sites) delivers bright berry notes and slightly thicker grape skins, which imparts tea-leaf tannins.
The 2014 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir showcases the richness and concentration of fruit from exceptional estate sites in Sta. Rita Hills, combined with the power of the excellent crop of fruit from 2014’s boom harvest in California.