2015 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1305308 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills will be another terrific vintage and, while young, offers plenty of pleasure. Pineapple, citrus blossom, salty minerality and creamed corn all flow to a rich, beautifully textured, layered, young Chardonnay that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of overall longevity. Like all of Greg’s Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnays, it spent 10 months in neutral barrels. 92+  (7/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay is reared in a neutral barrel, with no malolactic fermentation. It has a full-on expressive nose of fresh grapefruit, white peaches and clotted cream with hints of fresh ginger and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, the spicy citrus fruit explodes in the mouth with tons of energy and a racy backbone, finishing long and savory. (LPB)  (9/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is a gorgeous appellation-level wine. Apricot pit, peach, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes nicely fill out the wine's ample frame. A hint of reduction on the finish adds a layer of nuance, but without overpowering the wine. This is a superb showing from Brewer-Clifton's largest-production Chardonnay. (AG)  (9/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Refined and powerful, with concentrated flavors of green apple, ripe citrus and mineral that are deftly supported by fresh acidity. Hints of dried savory herbs show on the finish. Drink now through 2022. (KM)  (6/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Seared lemon peels, densely packed honeysuckle, Brie rind and white-ash aromas show on the nose of this appellation blend from the regional superstars, which recently became part of the Jackson Family of wines. The palate is tightly wound with grapefruit pith and a lemon spray-laced acidity that provides ample structure, carrying the slightest bit of riper stone fruit at the core. (MK)  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2018 | Send Email
This is not your typical California Chardonnay as it's racy and minerally, yet maintains fruit richness. All estate fruit from 3 vineyards in St. Rita Hills contribute orange blossom, ​lime zest, kiwi and mineral flavors and aromas. This sharply focused wine only sees neutral barrels and does not go through malolactic fermentation to keep this wine elegant and fresh. If you lean towards a more French style Chardonnay, I'd say give this one a shot!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2018 | Send Email
The 2015 Brewer Clifton Chardonnay is expressive of the varietal's diversity, with 100% Estate fruit from three cool climate vineyard parcels. These sandy, loamy parcels contribute to the wine's acidity and saline minerality, which lend a zesty, stimulating quality to the palate. This is one California Chardonnay that doesn't go through any malolactic fermentation whatsoever, and is aged in only neutral barrels. As a result of this minimalist approach to winemaking, the wine doesn't show any oak influence, but manages to acquire a delicately viscous texture that maintains It's balance.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
A beautifully focused, precise, powerful Chardonnay from Brewer Clifton. Hailing from the cool, ocean influenced Sta. Rita Hills, this wine shows a more linear style of CA Chardonnay. This doesn't have "butter" and I certainly wouldn't describe it as "oaky" however it is positively packed with crunchy orchard fruit, green apple, pear skin, blossom, quince. It's taught and racy rather than round and fat. The cool, coastal fruit energy dances on the palate with vivacity to spare. Chalky minerals make themselves known on the finish, this non-malo style tipping its hat to Chablis. Length for days, mouthwatering and refreshing. Perfect for white fish, scallops or crab. Awesome value.
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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- 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.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez 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.