2010 Brewer-Clifton "Gnesa" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid yellow. High-pitched citrus fruits on the nose, with slow-building smokiness and complicating notes of candied ginger, jasmine and iodine. Sharply focused Meyer lemon and quince flavors stretch out with air and pick up weight. Deeper pear and melon flavors come up on the finish, which lingers with impressive intensity and mineral-driven persistence.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Brewer Clifton’s 2010 Chardonnay Gnesa is intense in its color and flavors. This is a decidedly big, broad-shouldered wine with plenty of acidity to back up the rich, vivid fruit. Apricots, nectarine, almonds, flowers and spices flesh out on the generous, inviting finish. The western and southern borders of this site are adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
This four-acre vineyard was planted in 1996 by Lee Gnesa, and the 2010 vintage produced a modest 288 cases of Chardonnay. Brewer-Clifton is the sole producer of the vineyard site, and they also assumed responsibility of farming it in 2009. From the winery: "Aromas of white pepper, chalk and lime followed by flavors of verbena, basil and lemon bar. Extremely taut, drying and focused palate impression."