2008 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
The complex aromaa of this dramatic young wine is of mushrooms and wet tree bark, wintergreen, cloves, nutmeg and anise, and fruitier notes of cherries, cola and pomegranates. The mouth is very complex, too, with a finish of intensely pure cherries. But the wine is young and tannic. It will be best after 2008, and should drink well for at least another five years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated red. Heady red fruits and spices on the nose, with suggestions of potpourri and sandalwood in the background. Silky, seamless and very sweet, offering deep raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of cinnamon. Very suave and alluring, with excellent finishing clarity and sappy persistence.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel (14.8%) exhibits plenty of black cherry and strawberry notes with hints of lead pencil shavings, Chinese black tea, and earth. Dark ruby, medium to full-bodied, with a striking minerality, this is among the tightest knit and most structured and backward of the 2008 Pinots. One senses that everything is trying to burst the seams beneath its structured veneer. Give it 1-2 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 10-15.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* This is also notably floral but here there is more obvious spice influence to the primarily red berry fruit aromas that gracefully introduce suave medium-bodied flavors that possess ample amounts of dry extract that confer a velvety character to the delicious, mouth coating and long finish. Drink: 2014+.
This spectacular and challenging site consistently delivers fruit that is particularly compelling and difficult to describe. Very steep slopes of botella clay, diatomite and limestone planted to a quintet of Pinot Noir clones with diverse spacing. Black mission fig, dried strawberry and graphite aromas followed by flavors of black tea, black cherry and carbon. Maintains an incredible synergy of tender assertiveness in the mouth.