2007 Brewer-Clifton - Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa 750ml

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/15/2012
Very nicely balanced and complex Chardonnay. I would not describe as Big or Intense, but it was full of flavor. Pronounced honeysuckle on the nose along with floral and mineral notes. This had a honey, orange marmalade characteristic that almost made it taste like there was some Semillon in the wine. Medium golden color, low acidity and very pleasant finish. Drank well with food and on its own

Rating: 94
Author: jjstrand
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/29/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2020

Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/31/2014
Drink Dates: 2008-2016
Medium gold color. Medium aromas of light white peaches, a lot of citrus, gravelly. Crisp acidity. Medium finish. Very fresh

Rating: 85
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/15/2011
Drink Dates: 2009-2012
Starting to taste slightly flabby and lifeless; not very complex or delineated. The only flavor I could discern was Orange peel on the finish. The finish also showed an unusual - though not unpleasant - essence of mint, which is interesting for a Chardonnay. Medium weight on the palate, and an average-length finish. I would suspect this wine must have been much better and more distinctive in its younger days. Disappointing, considering this producer's reputation for making precise, vibrant wines.

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

93 bottles owned by 33 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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