94 points Robert Parker: "The power and honeyed notes of the 2008 Chardonnay Mount Carmel are dramatic. This plush, up-front style of Chardonnay from Brewer and Clifton often reminds me of a California version of a Batard-Montrachet. The wine is light gold in color, with notes of honeyed nuts intermixed with crushed rock, lemon butter, orange rind, and pear. Broad, savory, rich, and showy, this wine tips the scales at 14% natural alcohol." (08/10) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. A complex, expressive bouquet evokes fresh pear, white peach, smoky minerals and iodine. Pliant pit fruit and zesty citrus flavors are complicated by notes of minerals and honeysuckle. The finish features strong mineral and bitter citrus pith qualities and hangs on with impressive tenacity." (Nov/Dec 2009) This release marks the fourth growing season of this illustrious site under Brewer-Clifton's complete management. Originally planted in 1991 by Ron Piazza (current owner), this monopole vineyard is now overseen by the brilliant vineyard manager, Francisco Ramirez and renowned soil expert, Stan Kadota. Of the twenty acres, six are planted to chardonnay on a steep, wind-beaten slope of botella clay and limestone. Aromas of pineapple, green papaya and flint followed by flavors of lime, orange blossom and brine. Elegant and dense without being weighty with tremendous salinity on the mouth.
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