Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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This bottling is comprised of 100% estate pinot noir from three vineyards within the AVA. 3D, Machado and Acin all contribute to the wine which exhibits a drive, richness and pedigree expressive of the special growing area coupled with the purity of fruit and firm structure which has been the trademark of Brewer Clifton. The 2015 vintage shows aromas of pomegranate, white tea, and raspberry. On the palate, the wine delivers flavors of dried fig, white truffle, ripe cherry with a savory texture of rooibos tea.

Wine Advocate: 91
Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills has fragrant herbal notes of Provence herbs and wild thyme over a core of red cherries and cranberries plus a waft of dusty earth. Medium-bodied, it delivers a wall of refreshing red berry and earthy layers supported by chewy tannins a lively backbone, finishing long.
Wine Enthusiast: 94
This is Greg Brewer's appellation blend rather than his single-vineyard expressions, but it's still incredibly dynamic and delicious. A fresh and fruity strawberry-slushie aroma is met with notes of crushed slate and star anise-spiced cookies on the nose. The palate is bright in flavors of slightly tart cherries and ripe cranberries, but then come juniper and pine needle on the midpalate. Acidity pumps into the pomegranate and menthol finish. Editors Choice.