Brewer Clifton


Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017

Perfectly weighted Chardonnay. — 20 days ago

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Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016

Nice gold color. Good clean Chardonnay fruit with lemon notes on nose without oak. Acid is a bit high and alcohol dominates the fruit unfortunately. — a month ago


Kimberly Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008

Sour cherry preserves, rose petal and cranberry. Amazingly balanced and fresh for a 12 year old wine with 14.5%. — 2 months ago

Joan, Euna and 5 others liked this


Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Greg Brewer has made this terroir forward than US consumer backward commercially appealing Chard. Would have guessed Chablis in a blind taste. Probably the only clue to box this into new world can be medium plus viscosity and high ABV quite visible looking at the yellow golden color, and tears. On the nose, you get grapefruit, lemon, orange, pears and secondary flowers and then earthiness. Confirmed on the palate. Multi-layered, tightly wound and well integrated wine. Decent mineral finish. Bottom line - I want to drink more of this! yum! — a month ago


Acin Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

So too early....
Beautiful floral berry nose, classic black cherry and just enough pepper to make it interesting. Simply needs a couple years for the density to come down a bit.
— 25 days ago


Ampelos Pinot Noir 2010

Rainier cherry, cranberry, raspberry and gardenias. — a month ago

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Kawatsuru Shuzou

Oseto Kagawa Tokubetso Junmai

Kawatsuru Oseto Tokubetsu Junmai from Kagawa Prefecture. Female Toji (head brewer) at the kura.
Crane of Paradise. 55% milling wth a blend of Oseto and Yamadanishiki rice.
Tokubetsu means “special “ in Japanese.
Dry and bold with a creamy touch. Ripe Asian pear, dried persimmon, cinnamon and a bit of nougat chocolate on the finish.
We had it with sashimi of B.C. Spot Prawns and Hokkaido scallops.
Very enjoyable and well priced at $30 CDN
— 25 days ago

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Steve Clifton

La Voix Here And Heaven 2016

Wow. Totally surprised by this wine. As I understand it, La Voix is an offshoot from Steve’s flagship operation, Palmina (the best Italian varietal-based wines outside of the Old Country, IMHO). I was a bit skeptical at first - was concerned about it being over-oaked like the one vintage of John Alban’s Perra Docs North offerings that I’ve had - but this is terrific (and an amazing QPR). Definitely has an old-world flare to it in terms of acidity and minerality (more Chablis than Burgundy), but with CA fruit through and through. Do yourself a favor and try one of these! — 10 days ago

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Ex Post Facto

Santa Barbara County Syrah 2017

The second vintage of this new label from Greg Brewer, this one reminds me to some extent of some of the limited release syrahs that he made at Melville a few years back. Lots of spice and candied blackberries on the nose, the wine was pretty closed on the palate initially, with more earthy overtones than I picked up on the nose. Definitely needs more time: while the tannins are sweet and well-integrated, the wine is pretty tight even after 10-15 min in the glass. If you want to open up a bottle of this now I’d recommend decanting a couple of hours in advance. Otherwise, let this one rest in your cellar for 2-3 years. — 8 days ago

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