92 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "The 2015 Chardonnay is reared in a neutral barrel, with no malolactic fermentation. It has a full-on expressive nose of fresh grapefruit, white peaches and clotted cream with hints of fresh ginger and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, the spicy citrus fruit explodes in the mouth with tons of energy and a racy backbone, finishing long and savory." -LPB
92 Points, Vinous. "The 2015 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is a gorgeous appellation-level wine. Apricot pit, peach, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes nicely fill out the wine's ample frame. A hint of reduction on the finish adds a layer of nuance, but without overpowering the wine. This is a superb showing from Brewer-Clifton's largest-production Chardonnay."
Notes from the winery: Aroma: Lemon, Kiwi, Orange Blossom, Sweet Basil. Flavor: Jasmine, Lime, Ginger, Mineral. Texture: Peel, Orange Zest, Fresh Sea Salt.
This bottling is comprised of 100% estate chardonnay from three vineyards within the AVA. 3D, Machado and Acin all contribute to the wine.
3D The primary emphasis of the predominantly sandy 10 acre vineyard is chardonnay, with five clones planted in equal amounts. MACHADO 15 acre parcel on the Machado family land is located adjacent to Clos Pepe and immediately behind the Kessler-Haak vineyard. The site is marked by a gorgeous rolling terrain with sandy clay loam soils. ACIN The budwood is a Wente selection originally taken from the original Nielsen Vineyard planted in Santa Maria in 1964.
Only neutral Sirugue barrels are used for 12-18mos. Whole Cluster pressed chardonnay. We do not promote or prohibit malolatic fermentation, allowing wine to be in balance, bright and elegant.
All of the single vineyard wines are produced with the intention of aging and cellaring for at least 10 years and can easily be enjoyed after 15 years.
750mL. Alc. by Vol 14.5%