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2015 Brewer-Clifton Drum Canyon Pinot Noir

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April 21, 2024 - $39

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RATINGS

94Wine Enthusiast

...snapped sagebrush, dill, green olive and tart pluot aromas leaning into the herbal side of the grape. There's great tension to the sip, which is fresh and flavorful with underripe fig and strawberry, orange rind and a hint of green peppercorn.

93The Wine Advocate

...notes of warm cherries and black raspberries with hints of sautéed herbs and tree bark plus a waft of fungi. Medium-bodied, the palate is very elegant with finely grained tannins, loads of freshness and great length.

93+ Vinous / IWC

An absolutely gorgeous wine... All the elements come together in a wonderfully expressive, complete Pinot loaded with personality and class. Aromatics, fruit and structure are all deftly balanced.

93+ Jeb Dunnuck

...complex, more ethereal style of wine from this team that has darker, perfumed notes of black cherries, black raspberries, forest floor, dried herbs and earth. It has a good mineral streak, medium-bodied, richness and a solid finish.

91Wine Spectator

Shows good cut to the dried berry and dark cherry flavors, flanked by plenty of cedar and spice details. The minerally finish is fresh and pure.

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, Central 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.