Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Brewer-Clifton Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir, 2014

Pinot Noir wines from around Santa Barbara are usually lower priced (and not as valued) compared to those from sites farther north in Russian River or the Anderson Valley. Two notable exceptions are the wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Santa Rita Hills--the source of this Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir. These hills are close to the ocean with cool ocean breezes that influence ripening of the grapes.

Light in color and in body. Cherries, red raspberries, cranberries and spice. Delicate texture but rich flavors. Good acidity to keep the fruit going. But even at eight years of age, I think the wine is probably entering its period of decline. I suggest drinking up.


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