2008 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1057800 93 points 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.  (11/ 2010)

92 points 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.  (8/ 2010)

91 points 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+.  (10/ 2010)

K&L Notes

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.

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 By: thomas vogelbacher |  Review Date: 12/15/2010 
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I do not agree with the reviewers, silky is by far the least you can say about this wine! It tasted very sterile to me, none of the Burgundian "stuff" that became so famous and popular. Brewer thinks that balance matters, and yet, at 14.8 ABV, balance is there, but you cannot drink the wine, you just sip. In my humble opinion, way overrated and nothing to enjoy with friends, unless you want to be drunk soon. Same goes for their other Pinot Noirs. I prefer their Chardonnays.
Drink from 2010 to 2018

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Varietal:

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.
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United States

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California

- 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 Sants Inez 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.