2010 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir SKU #1114282


RP 93 ST 93 BH 91
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K&L Notes

From the winery: "This spectacular and challenging site consistently delivers fruit that we find particularly compelling and difficult to describe. Very steep slopes of botella clay, diatomite and limestone planted to a quintet of Pinot Noir clones with diverse spacing. Raspberry, dried orange peel and spicy aromatics set the stage for the flavors of rhubarb, dried cherry and damp earth which follow. Extremely elegant and noble mouth feel supported by fine tannins and restrained richness."

Staff Reviews

  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    The Mount Carmel Vineyard's cool, windswept site and old vine fruit produce taut, powerful wines with great potential for aging. This is a massive Pinot Noir with tons of red fruits wrapped around a firm, mineral core. Intensely spicy with fine, firm tannins that argue for a decade or more in the cellar.
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is stunning! Bright cherry, ripe raspberry, green tea, and fresh strawberry notes join the saline and mineral streak persistent throughout the wine. Fine, palate coating tanins round out the lingering finish. Approachable now with air but will reward a few years in the cellar.
  • Sarah Covey
    By: Sarah Covey
    K&L Staff Member
    Maybe it was the turkey sandwich I was enjoying in the sunshine while sitting one of the Brewer Clifton vineyards, but this wine hit me like a ton of bricks. It's breath-taking. Red cherry, red roses, peppermint, licorice, red currant, wild herbs, with medium plus acidity and medium plus tannin. Rich, complex, well-balanced. A stunning wine to enjoy with a special meal in the near term, or to tuck away for 5-10 years.


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