Incredibly delicious aromas of blackberry syrup, strawberries, cherry pie and cinnamon sticks make for a very juicy introduction to this single-vineyard bottling by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. The veil of ripeness carries to the palate, but it proves more serious and restrained, with graphite minerality, bergamot and sage elements. It’s complex and yet easily enjoyable.
Even better, the 2012 Pinot Noir Machado has sappy, grippy texture to go with notions of rose petal, earth, underbrush and both blackberry and raspberry-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, rich, textured and beautifully balanced, I love the overall energetic vibe here, and it should evolve nicely for upward of a decade. (JD)
Rich and ripe, this combines firm, dense red and dark berry fruit with pretty floral and spicy notes that gain depth, hold focus and offer persistence on the finish.
Bright red. Very fresh, intensely perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, potpourri, smoky minerals and Asian spices. Smooth, dense and energetic, offering sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes very long and sweet, with supple, harmonious tannins that fade smoothly into the wine's juicy fruit.
Exotic spices and dark red stone fruits meld together in the 2012 Pinot Noir Machado. This is one of the more overt wines in the Brewer-Clifton range. A late-ripening vineyard, Machado often yields racy, ripe Pinots with a distinct element of sweetness, as is the case in 2012. This supple, expressive Pinot is likely to offer its finest drinking sooner rather than later. Never content to stay put, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton continue to push the envelope on quality in the Sta. Rita Hills. Over the years, Brewer and Clifton have had an enormous impact on the region, both directly and indirectly, in giving advice to newly arrived owners and developing a number of vineyards they no longer farm. The most recent development at Brewer-Clifton is a move towards working exclusively with vineyards they themselves farm, a decision that is the natural closing of a circle that started in 2011, when the winery began to focus exclusively on vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills. As these notes show, the 2012s are pretty special across the board. Readers will note the addition of a few vineyards to the lineup, including Acin and Hapgood. The Chardonnays are rich and textured in style, with considerable transparency and impeccable balance. All of the Brewer-Clifton Pinots are made with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak.
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