2015 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay SKU #1305308

Price: $29.99

JD 92 RP 92 VN 92
WS 92 WE 91
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  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    This is not your typical California Chardonnay as it's racy and minerally, yet maintains fruit richness. All estate fruit from 3 vineyards in St. Rita Hills contribute orange blossom, ​lime zest, kiwi and mineral flavors and aromas. This sharply focused wine only sees neutral barrels and does not go through malolactic fermentation to keep this wine elegant and fresh. If you lean towards a more French style Chardonnay, I'd say give this one a shot!
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2015 Brewer Clifton Chardonnay is expressive of the varietal's diversity, with 100% Estate fruit from three cool climate vineyard parcels. These sandy, loamy parcels contribute to the wine's acidity and saline minerality, which lend a zesty, stimulating quality to the palate. This is one California Chardonnay that doesn't go through any malolactic fermentation whatsoever, and is aged in only neutral barrels. As a result of this minimalist approach to winemaking, the wine doesn't show any oak influence, but manages to acquire a delicately viscous texture that maintains It's balance.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A beautifully focused, precise, powerful Chardonnay from Brewer Clifton. Hailing from the cool, ocean influenced Sta. Rita Hills, this wine shows a more linear style of CA Chardonnay. This doesn't have "butter" and I certainly wouldn't describe it as "oaky" however it is positively packed with crunchy orchard fruit, green apple, pear skin, blossom, quince. It's taught and racy rather than round and fat. The cool, coastal fruit energy dances on the palate with vivacity to spare. Chalky minerals make themselves known on the finish, this non-malo style tipping its hat to Chablis. Length for days, mouthwatering and refreshing. Perfect for white fish, scallops or crab. Awesome value.
    Top Value!


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