2010 Brewer-Clifton "3-D" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
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. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
"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 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." (08/2012)