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2008 Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir

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ITEM 7979931 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
trlin $45 $45
$45
Item Sold Amount Date
I7979931 1 $45 Oct 17, 2021
I7973095 1 $45 Oct 10, 2021
I7953499 1 $50 Sep 19, 2021
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RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

...classic raspberry and blueberry notes with some sweet black cherry and subtle earth in the background... ...tremendous elegance, an attractive, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a seductive, lush finish.

94Vinous / IWC

Wild, explosive aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers, smoky minerals and Asian spices. High-pitched and sappy, with brisk minerality lifting pure red fruit and floral flavors. A dense, penetrating essence of red fruit...

PRODUCER

Brewer-Clifton

Brewer-Clifton is owned and operated by Steve Clifton, a musician, and Greg Brewer, a former professor of French. The pair started Brewer-Clifton in 1995 and they source grapes from the Santa Rita Hills appellation. Brewer-Clifton makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine. The wines earn ratings in the 90s from reviewers, and Wine Advocate has noted that “Brewer and Clifton consistently deliver delicious wines that are also deeply thought provoking with regards to the potential these vineyard sites hold.”

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.