2010 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (Previously $50)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid gold. An explosively perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied lime, lemongrass, anise, iodine and ginger. Deeply pitched but energetic, with precise, incisive citrus and orchard fruit flavors that pick up smoke and floral nuances with air. Shows a tangy, stony note on the finish, which emphatically repeats the lime and ginger notes. This is still a baby but shows terriffic potential.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay Mount Carmel is deep, powerful and intense. Hints of earthiness and tobacco add complexity to the expressive varietal fruit in this broad-shouldered Chardonnay.
From the winery: "2010 marks our eleventh consecutive bottling (sixth under our own vineyard management) of this illustrious and coveted site in the appellation. Originally planted in 1991 by Ron Piazza (current owner), this was the first of our quintet of vineyards overseen by Francisco Ramirez and soil and energy consultant, Stan Kadota. Of the twenty acre parcel, six are devoted to chardonnay on a steep, wind-beaten slope of botella clay and limestone. Apricot, white nectarine and hazelnut aromatics followed by flavors of white peach, rinsed minerals and dried apricot. Remarkably elegant possessing singular weight, volume and refinement and a seemingly endless finish."