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2003 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard

  • 90 WA
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 77327-2003-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2003 Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard's undistinguished medium ruby/garnet-tinged color is accompanied by a projected, intensely spicy (allspice), gamy nose with sweet strawberry and cherry notes, broad, round flavors, good acidity, and moderate tannin. This is as close to a top Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru as one is likely to find in California. It should drink well for 5-6 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 75

    Surprisingly advanced aromas of pickle juice and definite orange hues on the rim make me wonder if there wasn't something wrong with this bottle rather than the wine itself. The flavors are round and rich but the off component found on the nose continues onto the palate with a serious acid bite on the finish. It's hard to believe that a winery of Brewer-Clifton's caliber would knowingly release a wine like this so I suspect that there is a problem.
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2005
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  • 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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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 90 bottles owned
    • 43 collectors