The polished, elegantly styled 2014 Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills gives up lots of black cherry, crushed flowers, leather and spice aromas and flavors to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured profile on the palate. This fresh, nicely focused 2014 has nicely integrated acidity, very polished tannin and the balance and depth to keep for 5-6 years. As I commented last year, there have been significant changes at Brewer-Clifton recently and Steve Clifton is no longer involved at the estate. However, Greg Brewer remains the driving force here, and his 2014s are beautiful wines. In addition, Greg remains one of the few winemakers not afraid of true richness and ripeness, and his wines are better for it. (JD)
Starts trim and focused, and then the fruit accelerates and expands, with a burst of spicy raspberry, fresh earth, wilted rose and black licorice. The texture smooths out, but this is appealing for the zesty personality and fine-grained tannins. (JL, Web only-2016)
Brewer-Clifton's 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is bright, focused and nicely delineated throughout. Rose petal, herbs and bright red stone fruits are given an extra lift from the vinification with 85% whole clusters. The Sta. Rita Hills is mostly Machado, with pieces from Acin, Hapgood and 3-D. Like many wines in this vintage, the Sta. Rita Hill is a bit light in structure. Drink it over the next few years. (AG)
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