2007 Brewer-Clifton "Mount Carmel" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay SKU #1044877


RP 96 ST 93
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Tasting Notes

96 points from Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chardonnay Mount Carmel exhibits a liqueur of rocks-like component reminiscent of a Chassagne-Montrachet grand cru. Peach blossom, white citrus, and orange notes are present in this full-throttle, intensely flavored Chardonnay, and brilliant acidity gives the wine laser-like precision. This is another tour de force from these talented winemakers. Two brilliant young winemakers, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton, are symbolic of both the present and future of California high quality wine production. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, with their own personal visions of wine quality formed by French and Italian experiences as well as their belief in the cool climate sites of Santa Rita Hills, they have proven time and time again that remarkable wines can emerge from this relatively new viticultural region. Their Chardonnays, which go through full malolactic fermentation, see very little new oak (usually one-third, but that has been declining in every vintage), and they are moving in the direction of almost 100% neutral or older wood casks." (Sept. 2009) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold. Deep, smoky offers honeyed pear, iodine and smoked meat scents. Sweet tangerine and lemon meringue flavors are given bite by citrus pith and depth by a toasty leesy element. The dry finish offers impressive focus and cut. This is already complex, but I'd hold off on drinking it for another year or so." (Nov/Dec '08)


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