Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2011

$36

New limited Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir from the famed Brewer-Clifton team. 92 Points Robert Parker:  "Starting off the reds, and a blend of multiple vineyards (mostly Machado), the stunning 2011 Pinot Noir dishes out meaty, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of black cherries, underbrush, rose petal, mint and sappy, flower garden-like qualities. Perfumed, supple and gorgeously perfumed, it’s an elegant, layered Pinot that will evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade or more. Drink now-2021+...A benchmark estate in the Santa Rita Hills, these first rate efforts are made by Steve Clifton and Greg Brewer. The wines are all handled identically in the cellar, so what you get is exactly what the vineyard delivers. In addition, this estate is moving to only estate-farmed vineyards, with Gnesa, Machado, 3-D and Hapgood being the only single-vineyard releases going forward. These 2011s are fantastic and should not be missed!" Brewer-Clifton is a collaborative project uniting winemakers Steve Clifton (Palmina, Tritono) and Greg Brewer (Diatom, Melville) designed to showcase the terroir of Santa Barbara County. This young, dynamic duo makes delicious wines, and their 2009 vintage is superlative.

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Ratings on Delectable

Michael Descamps Delectable Pro

Ripe and showy. Black raspberry, kirsch, chamomile, rhubarb, toasted cardamom.

Ripe and showy. Black raspberry, kirsch, chamomile, rhubarb, toasted cardamom.

9.1

Jack Irby Delectable Pro

Bright fruit. Mid finish

Bright fruit. Mid finish

9.9

Jon Ruyle

This was pretty darn good. Tons of forest floor. Fruit was well balanced.

This was pretty darn good. Tons of forest floor. Fruit was well balanced.

9.1

Zack Miller

Solid wine

Solid wine

9.2

Jonathan Badcock

Lovely Pinot well made. Good balance of cherry, alcohol and oak.

Lovely Pinot well made. Good balance of cherry, alcohol and oak.

8.8

Charles Hudson

Slightly disappointed relative to expectations. A bit tart on the finish on the first few sips. Less fruit personality than I expected.

Slightly disappointed relative to expectations. A bit tart on the finish on the first few sips. Less fruit personality than I expected.

8.3

Bryan A

Easy drinking, but not near the best of Sta. Rita Hills at this price.

Easy drinking, but not near the best of Sta. Rita Hills at this price.

8.3

Jeff Ryan

Eek

Eek

6.9

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