2009 Brewer-Clifton - Chardonnay Seasmoke 750ml

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IWC 92   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($52) Bright yellow. Showing more power on the nose and in the mouth than the 3-D, offering impressions of ripe melon, nectarine, honey and truffle, with a sneaky note of chalk. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with serious grip and a strong echo of orchard and sweet citrus fruits.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/01/2013
A chardonnay worth drinking with crisp fruit and minerality. At nice maturity now, filled out, and still fresh and vibrant.

Average rating: 92, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

17 bottles owned by 8 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.

See other similar producers: Calera Wine Company, Hanzell Vineyards, Kistler Vineyards

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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