94 points from Robert Parker: "Earth, herb, root vegetable, sassafras, red and black currant, and a hint of sweet and sour cherry characteristics are found in the 2007 Pinot Noir Ampelos. Another Burgundian-styled, earthy, soil-based wine, it roars from the glass with considerable complexity. It, too, will drink nicely for another decade. 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....The Pinot Noirs see no more than one-third new oak, and Brewer-Clifton continues to advocate the use of 100% stems, which gives the wines a backward, earthy character early in life. However, based on how older vintages have matured, these wines have incredibly long lives, and may come closest to the brilliant Pinot Noirs made by Calera in the late eighties (although the terroirs are completely different). Brewer-Clifton’s 2007 Pinots represent another top-notch vintage for this estate. All of the wines are very young and primary, but are bursting with potential." (Sept. 2009)
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