2010 Brewer-Clifton, Chardonnay “Sea Smoke” Sta. Rita Hills.
In what looks like the last of the Brewer-Clifton Sea Smoke Chards, the 2010 Brewer-Clifton Sea Smoke Chardonnay by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton is a great swan song effort, and is a wine to grab while you can, as it is wonderful, plus it is the last wine that they’ll do from this site. I have always loved the Brewer-Clifton wines, and one of the best wines I’ve had was their 2000 Chardonnay from Mount Carmel, and while that wine will always be my favorite, this new 2010 Sea Smoke Chard might even be better and shows such purity and focus it is hard not to fall for it. The nose is lively with citrus blossom, fig, clove and mineral leading to a rich palate of lemon, apple, pear and tropical furies with crushed stones, lime, baking spices and hint of hazelnut. This Chardonnay is pure class and reminds of Meursault in body and balance, not a wine to be missed!
($48 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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