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2010 Brewer-Clifton "3-D" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1093190 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry and rose gain power with air, taking a turn to deeper cherry and licorice. Spicy, incisive red fruit flavors show impressive depth and clarity, with an intense floral pastille quality adding an exotic flourish. Finishes with gentle tannic grip, a hint of spicecake and outstanding persistence. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Crushed flowers, autumn leaves, hard candy, spices and sweet red cherries float out of the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir 3-D. There is a lovely element of earthiness to the 3-D, while high-toned, floral aromatics add lift and brightness on the vibrant finish. The stem character is a bit pronounced at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. Steve Clifton describes the 2010 harvest as 2-3 weeks later than normal. The Pinots were brought in during the second and third weeks of September, in between the heat spikes, while the Chardonnays were harvested later, once temperatures cooled off. The 2010s are beautiful, transparent wines that capture the essence of the vintage and their respective sites. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Crushed flowers, autumn leaves, hard candy, spices and sweet red cherries float out of the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir 3-D. There is a lovely element of earthiness to the 3-D, while high-toned, floral aromatics add lift and brightness on the vibrant finish. The stem character is a bit pronounced at this stage. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

K&L Notes

The 2010 3D from Brewer-Clifton is only the second release from this three-acre block of the estate vineyard. It is planted equally with Swan, Pommard, and 667 clones on sandy, well-drained soils. Dark cherry and floral aromas introduce a palate of dark berry, chocolate, and pencil shavings.


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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
A cascade of flowers, exotic spice and oolong tea on the nose. Bright red fruits on the palate, tart raspberry and sweet Rainier cherry notes. A structured, ageworthy effort that will reward a couple of years in the cellar.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2013 | Send Email
Is this a 3D movie site? Nope! The Davidson family property is the source of this lovely fruit, and when the vineayrds were first planted, there were 3 family members living there. Hence, 3D! Red cherry, red roses, spice, cranberry, wild herbs, mineral, with medium plus acidity and medium plus tannin, textural again mainly because of the stem inclusion during fermentation. Well-balanced, very expressive, elegant and quite special. Drinkable now with food and some air, but tucking this puppy away for 5-10 years will undoubtably bring a wonderful experience later!

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2013 | Send Email
This is quite an intriguing bottle of wine with plenty of depth and character. It starts with nice bright red cherry and savory spice. The whole cluster green notes show which lends a floral herbaceous quality as well. Green tea, rose hips, and fine tanins round out the 3-D Pinot Noir and make for a very interesting bottle to forget in the cellar for a few years!

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