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2010 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1114282 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel is gorgeous. A burst of dark red fruit makes a positive first impression, but everything about the 2010 speaks of balance. The use of whole clusters is not as evident here as elsewhere. Layers of flavors continue to flesh out on the broad-shouldered frame. The Mt. Carmel is a wine of exceptional balance and pure pedigree. It is easily one of the highlights among the new releases. 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)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Fresh red berries and star anise on the assertively perfumed nose, with a suave floral quality adding complexity. Juicy, palate-coating strawberry and raspberry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and gain flesh with air. Finishes dry and nervy, with superb clarity and lingering floral pastille and spice notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2012)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark An intensely floral and softly spicy nose also offers pretty and well-layered red berry fruit aromas. The rich, intense and well-detailed flavors are notably ripe but not nearly as ripe as the stated alcohol percentage would suggest, all wrapped in a firm, moderately austere and plum-suffused finish. This manages to carry its alcohol well and while there is some noticeable warmth, it's not really intrusive provided that the wine is kept at a proper serving temperature. Inner quote mark (9/2012)

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2013 | Send Email
The Mount Carmel Vineyard's cool, windswept site and old vine fruit produce taut, powerful wines with great potential for aging. This is a massive Pinot Noir with tons of red fruits wrapped around a firm, mineral core. Intensely spicy with fine, firm tannins that argue for a decade or more in the cellar.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2013 | Send Email
This wine is stunning! Bright cherry, ripe raspberry, green tea, and fresh strawberry notes join the saline and mineral streak persistent throughout the wine. Fine, palate coating tanins round out the lingering finish. Approachable now with air but will reward a few years in the cellar.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2013 | Send Email
Maybe it was the turkey sandwich I was enjoying in the sunshine while sitting one of the Brewer Clifton vineyards, but this wine hit me like a ton of bricks. It's breath-taking. Red cherry, red roses, peppermint, licorice, red currant, wild herbs, with medium plus acidity and medium plus tannin. Rich, complex, well-balanced. A stunning wine to enjoy with a special meal in the near term, or to tuck away for 5-10 years.

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