Grapelive Weekend Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills.
White flowers, lemon curd, fig and kiwi all going nicely with core peach and pear fruit. Bright, perfumed, tangy with citrus notes, subtle oak and mineral. I was quick to rate this wine, and after going back to it, I might be well served to raise the score, this is a very pretty and complex wine that is only going to fill out in the next year…. Note to self, revisit soon… Brewer-Clifton started the Sta. Rita Hills series last year, and these wines are their banner wines and are made from the top lots of each of the Cru vineyard sites! They are a great value and are not seconds or lesser barrels, these wines are everything the single vineyard wines are, as they are a cuvee of all of them put together.
($36 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive