2005 Brewer-Clifton "Sweeney Canyon" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of my favorites and a whopper of a wine that at 16.4% alcohol, there is not a trace of heat or palate burn in this large scale very concentrated Chardonnay. Very full and sweet notes of orange blossoms and assorted citrus oils, wet rocks, in a full-bodied, very well delineated, crisp and fresh style. This wine shows no oak whatsoever, and seems extremely young and set for a very long life, although there is no reason defer your gratification. (RP)
From some of the oldest Chard vines in the area comes this dramatically rich wine. Bursting with lemon drop, Meyer lemon mousse, peach pulp and toasty new oak, this is a very ripe wine whose high alcohol, 16.4%, shows only as a dusting of white pepper and spicy clove that makes the finish piquant.
Fragrant and complex, with floral aromas of lemon, pebble, citrus and green apple that are delivered on a beam. Tightly wound and sharply focused, this is long and persistent on the finish, with excellent acidity.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Yellow-gold. Spicy apple and pear aromas are brightened by mint and anise, with a ripe, buttery quality emerging with air. Fleshy and round, with deep honeyed pear and brioche flavors... (JR)