2010 Brewer-Clifton "3-D" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1114276 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Superb energy and tension distinguish the 2010 Chardonnay 3-D. The aromas and flavors are very nicely defined. This is an especially sculpted, saline Chardonnay endowed with considerable depth and nuance. In 2010, the 3-D is all about understatement. (AG)  (8/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Green-tinged gold. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes pear skin, melon, honey and toasty lees, plus a strong note of iodine. Pungent, palate-staining and deep, with smoky orchard fruit flavors and notes of anise, saffron and chamomile. One of the most impressive New World sparkling wines I have ever tasted, with the type of complexity that many Tete de Cuvee Champagnes can only hint at. Finishes spicy, smoky and very long, with the smoke, melon and anise notes echoing. (JR)  (11/2011)

K&L Notes

"3-D" is the name for Brewer-Clifton's own "ground to glass" production, from a sandy loam vineyard block leased from the Davidson family that Steve Clifton and his team planted to five selections of Chardonnay (4, 76, Hyde, Mount Eden and Wente). 2010 is the second vintage of this wine, a vibrant and aromatic expression of Sta Rita Hills, with a lovely balance of richness, texture, and focus. Only 288 cases were produced and with all the positive critical buzz it has received already, we imagine it will not be on our shelves for long. Writing in Wine Advocate, Antonio Galloni noted of the Brewer-Clifton's 2010 Chardonnays: "The 2010s are beautiful, transparent wines that capture the essence of the vintage and their respective sites. The single-vineyard wines can be hard to track down, but to tell the truth, I am increasingly drawn to the straight appellation Chardonnay and Pinot, as they are less expensive, relatively easy to find and full of personality." (8/2012)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
My introduction to this remarkable wine was a first for me. I tasted the 2010 Brewer Clifton "3D" Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay while standing in the vineyard, my feet in the same soil that grew the grapes that made the wine in my glass. It was a powerful experience, made all the more memorable by the quality of the wine. Intensely mineral in expression yet textured and rich with extraordinary length and persistence. Crisp apple and pear notes with a light toast from the barrel aging. A perfect example of some of the best Chardonnay being produced in the Santa Rita Hills AVA today.

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! Apple, citrus, spicy, herbal, pear, tropical fruit and mineral, with a very palpable texture from the stem inclusion in fermentation. Gorgeous plush fruit with medium plus acidity and great balance.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2013 | Send Email
This wine is all about texture. The creamy and weighty yet focused and balanced palate blew me away even after the glass was finished. Clean tropical fruit, mild toast, and citrus notes on the finish really compliment the vibrant acidity throughout. This bottle will continue to develop for some time.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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 Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5