2010 Brewer-Clifton - Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard 750ml

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2010 Brewer-Clifton - Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 93

Bright ruby-red. Heady aromas of red fruit preserves, incense and rose oil, with a spicy topnote. Stains the palate with energetic raspberry and cherry flavors and shows outstanding clarity. Takes a darker turn with air, picking up a blackberry note that carries through a long, sweet, velvety finish. I have no doubt that this wine will age effortlessly but I find it pretty irresistible now.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 165

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Wine Advocate | 92

I am in total agreement with Antonio Galloni's initial review of the 2010 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard published in 2012. This wine finished at 15.3% natural alcohol, and while I did not find any of the mint and herb characteristics Antonio mentioned, there is some bouquet garni, lots of raspberry and black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a firm, structured finish. It appears the cooler years of 2009, 2010 and 2011 are more herbal than earlier vintages.

Drink Dates: 2013-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 1113

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Wine Spectator | 92

Clean, pure, ripe and vivid flavors of spice, wild berry and raspberry are tight and structured in this tannic red.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Brewer-Clifton - Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard:

2006 (750ml)

About This Producer


Brewer-Clifton produces vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara. Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton started the winery in the early 1990s with the aim to capture the vineyards' essence in the bottle. The Santa Rita Hills' long growing seasons and diversity of marine-based soils give the wines great purity and precision. Steve also has his own label called Palmina that focuses on Italian varieties. Greg Brewer also has his own Diatom label and is the winemaker at Melville Winery.

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