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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021

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14.00% /
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Vintage: 2021
  • WS 93
  • JD 96
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The Brewer Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021 is a testament to the vision and expertise of winemaker Greg Brewer. This exquisite wine is a blend from three distinct vineyard sites – 3D, Machado, and Hapgood – each contributing its unique character to this harmonious expression of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation.
In the glass, the Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 2021 presents a visual allure with its bright, golden hue, hinting at the richness and complexity within. The aroma is a vibrant bouquet of lemon, kiwi, and orange blossom, intertwined with an intriguing hint of sweet basil. These scents set the stage for an invigorating sensory experience.
Upon tasting, the Brewer-Clifton Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay unfolds layers of jasmine and lime, harmoniously blended with a subtle ginger spice. The mineral core, often spoken of in critical acclaims, is unmistakable, giving this chardonnay its distinctive character. The texture is equally complex, with nuances of peel, orange zest, and a fresh sea salt finish that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.
The crafting of the Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 2021 involved the use of only neutral barrels and a whole cluster press approach, neither promoting nor prohibiting malolactic fermentation. This method ensures that the wine maintains its balance, brightness, and elegance – a philosophy central to Brewer-Clifton’s approach. The meticulous farming of each vineyard plot, adhering to sustainable and/or organic methods, is evident in the wine’s quality and expression of terroir.
The critical acclaim for the Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021 is well-deserved. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it a remarkable 96 points, praising its ripe orchard fruits, buttered lemon, and marine-influenced notes, coupled with a liquid rock-like minerality. He commends its dense mid-palate and impressive finish, calling it an exceptional value among California Chardonnays. Wine Spectator echoed this sentiment with 93 points, highlighting the wine’s focused intensity, bright citrus flavors, and mouthwatering minerality, rounded off with a delightful lemon basil finish.
This Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 2021 is not just a drink but an experience, designed to evolve and mature gracefully. It is crafted with the intention of aging, promising to reveal greater depths over the next 10 to 15 years. With a limited production of 5,600 cases, this chardonnay is a collector’s delight and a joy for those who appreciate the intricate balance of intense flavors and refined elegance.
In summary, the Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021 is a reflection of the unique terroir of the Sta. Rita Hills and the meticulous craftsmanship of Greg Brewer. It stands as a shining example of what California Chardonnay can achieve – a wine of intensity, complexity, and utter delight.

13 reviews for Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021

  1. Julian Baker

    Winemaker Greg Brewer’s Chardonnay is a revelation. Love the flinty edge, it adds depth to the citrusy notes. The Brewer-Clifton is definitely my new favorite!

  2. Angel Trout

    Just got my hands on the Brewer Clifton Chardonnay 2021. The flavors are a lovely mix of lemon and apple with a hint of vanilla. Refreshing!

  3. Grace Prichard

    The Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay is a must-have. The grapefruit and yeast flavors blend perfectly, and the subtle cheese note is a pleasant surprise. Can’t wait to get more!

  4. Mario Wickham

    The Brewer-Clifton Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay is truly an experience. The peach and green apple flavors are wonderfully crisp, complemented by a nice stone finish. Cheers!

  5. Sidney Payne

    Winemaker Greg Brewer has done it again with this sublime Chardonnay. The apricot and chard flavors are simply irresistible. A must-try!

  6. Kristi Manning

    Tried the Brewer Clifton Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay. The oil and banana flavors were unexpected, but the salt and ginger made for an exciting finish. Quite the adventure!

  7. Brandon Shelton

    Brewer Clifton Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay never fails to impress. Love how the oak and butter notes mingle with the citrus undertones. It’s a bottle of perfection!

  8. Jessica Rivas

    Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay is a joy to the senses. Aromas of minerals and cream take the forefront, followed by a hint of tropical fruits. Absolutely delightful!

  9. David Bloch

    Winemaker Greg Brewer has outdone himself with this one. The toast and caramel notes are divine, coupled with a hint of melon. I’m buying more!

  10. Cynthia Drake

    This Brewer Clifton Chardonnay 2021 is a gem. The earthy and lemon curd flavors are quite unique, and the hint of baking spice adds a nice touch. Fantastic!

  11. Kathy Seymour

    Brewer Clifton Chardonnay is a sensory delight. Love the blend of white peach and butterscotch. The stone fruit notes round it off beautifully. Highly recommended!

  12. Mary Rowell

    I’m loving this Brewer Clifton Chardonnay 2021! The honey and lime notes are so refreshing, with a surprising hint of pineapple. Perfect for a summer’s day!

  13. Erna Alleyne

    The Brewer Clifton Chardonnay is a delightful experience. It’s an explosion of citrus and pear flavors, perfectly balanced with a buttery finish. Divine!

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Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator
There’s terrific focus and intensity to the bright citrus flavors at the core of this white, with yuzu, ruby grapefruit, Meyer lemon and lime zest notes, plus plenty of salty, minerally accents that add a mouthwatering minerality, followed by hints of lemon basil that linger on the finish. Drink now. 5,600 cases made.
JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
Ripe orchard fruits, buttered lemon, crushed stone, and salty, marine-influence notes all emerge from the 2021 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, a concentrated, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with a liquid rock-like sense of minerality, beautiful mid-palate density, and a great finish. You should never underestimate these appellation releases from Greg Brewer. This is an insane value in top Chardonnay from California.

What does Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, cranberry

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, cedar

apple, green apple, pear

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

plum, jam

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, cinnamon, mint

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, toasted bread

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, straw, gooseberry

fig, dried apricot

tropical, pineapple, mango

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021

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Winemaker of Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2021

Greg Brewer

Greg Brewer

Greg Brewer, the renowned winemaker, was recently honored with the prestigious title of Winemaker of the Year, a recognition he views as a tribute to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Throughout his 30-year career and 25 vintages with Brewer-Clifton, he has been dedicated to this Santa Barbara County region since 1991. Raised in Los Angeles, Brewer's journey into winemaking began while working as a French instructor and discovering his passion for wine at Santa Barbara Winery. In 1995, he co-founded Brewer-Clifton with Steve Clifton, focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the hills that would later become the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Brewer's commitment to the region never wavered, and his devotion to the Sta. Rita Hills brings him a sense of liberation and contentment. He... More Products
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The Sta. Rita Hills wine region, recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) since July 2001, boasts a storied past steeped in viticultural heritage. Initially christened as Santa Rita Hills, the area underwent a rebranding to Sta. Rita Hills in 2006, following a dispute with Vina Santa Rita, a prominent Chilean winery. Spanning roughly 14,000 hectares (36,000 acres), this AVA primarily cultivates Pinot Noir, alongside other varietals like Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and more. Geographically positioned at the western extremity of the Santa Ynez Valley within the Central Coast wine region of California, Sta. Rita Hills enjoys a unique set of climatic advantages. Nestled within the larger Santa Ynez... ...Check Region for more information

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