2010 Brewer-Clifton "3-D" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1093190 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry and rose gain power with air, taking a turn to deeper cherry and licorice. Spicy, incisive red fruit flavors show impressive depth and clarity, with an intense floral pastille quality adding an exotic flourish. Finishes with gentle tannic grip, a hint of spicecake and outstanding persistence.  (11/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Crushed flowers, autumn leaves, hard candy, spices and sweet red cherries float out of the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir 3-D. There is a lovely element of earthiness to the 3-D, while high-toned, floral aromatics add lift and brightness on the vibrant finish. The stem character is a bit pronounced at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. Steve Clifton describes the 2010 harvest as 2-3 weeks later than normal. The Pinots were brought in during the second and third weeks of September, in between the heat spikes, while the Chardonnays were harvested later, once temperatures cooled off . The 2010s are beautiful, transparent wines that capture the essence of the vintage and their respective sites. (AG)  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

The 2010 3D from Brewer-Clifton is only the second release from this three-acre block of the estate vineyard. It is planted equally with Swan, Pommard, and 667 clones on sandy, well-drained soils. Dark cherry and floral aromas introduce a palate of dark berry, chocolate, and pencil shavings.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
A cascade of flowers, exotic spice and oolong tea on the nose. Bright red fruits on the palate, tart raspberry and sweet Rainier cherry notes. A structured, ageworthy effort that will reward a couple of years in the cellar.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2013 | Send Email
Is this a 3D movie site? Nope! The Davidson family property is the source of this lovely fruit, and when the vineayrds were first planted, there were 3 family members living there. Hence, 3D! Red cherry, red roses, spice, cranberry, wild herbs, mineral, with medium plus acidity and medium plus tannin, textural again mainly because of the stem inclusion during fermentation. Well-balanced, very expressive, elegant and quite special. Drinkable now with food and some air, but tucking this puppy away for 5-10 years will undoubtably bring a wonderful experience later!

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2013 | Send Email
This is quite an intriguing bottle of wine with plenty of depth and character. It starts with nice bright red cherry and savory spice. The whole cluster green notes show which lends a floral herbaceous quality as well. Green tea, rose hips, and fine tanins round out the 3-D Pinot Noir and make for a very interesting bottle to forget in the cellar for a few years!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some RhĂ´ne blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5