At Brewer Clifton, they believe that the geographic, geologic and climatic uniqueness of the Sta.Rita Hills appellation provide an ideal place to grow chardonnay and pinot noir of intensity, complexity and specificity. The mission and passion are to present wines that convey the characteristics inherent to each of these sites, with uncompromising quality. With the goal of expressing a comprehensive expression of the appellation, we selected four unique vineyard sites to create this Sta. Rita Hills bottling. This blend is comprised of 3D, Machado, Acin and Hapgood vineyards. While each lot is handled separately and in a completely uniform fashion in the winery, each contributes vastly different expressions which ultimately harmonize in the finished wine.
As each vineyard has its own unique requirements and we manage each according to their inimitable needs rather than a macro approach to farming. We are working to achieve a natural balance between the site, the vines, the aspect and the microclimates in each vineyard, using sustainable and/or organic farming methods whenever possible. Only neutral barrels are employed. Whole cluster pressed chardonnay. We don’t promote or prohibit malolactic fermentation, allowing wine to be in balance, bright and elegant.
The 2020 Wine Enthusiast Winemaker of the Year coaxes out aromas of Lemon, Kiwi, Orange Blossom, Sweet Basil. On the palate, the vibrant acidity and flavours of jasmine, lime, ginger, orange zest ring through a long, luscious finish. The wine has a distinct mineral driven, saline characteristic thanks to the terroir and proximity to the sea. The long, sensual finish leaves you craving more.
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