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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 4 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2005 vintage.)
ProducerBrewer-Clifton (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardRio Vista
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
UPC Code(s)300000020473

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2012 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir Rio Vista on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 27 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rralls on 3/6/2015 & rated 90 points: I thought this was still nice but perhaps a little faded from its prime. Would have thought the 16% alcohol would have shown through more so that was a nice surprise and it definitely got better with a little air. (118 views)
 Tasted by kirschke on 12/26/2013 & rated 93 points: A little high in the alcohol content but after about an hour or so it just came together and was sublime. (553 views)
 Tasted by eBoB on 12/14/2013: Gift from Eric
[wino w koncowej fazie]
Nos nie wyczuwalny. Kolor metny. (421 views)
 Tasted by eBoB on 12/14/2013 flawed bottle: Gift from Eric
[wino w koncowej fazie]
Nos nie wyczuwalny. Kolor metny. (428 views)
 Tasted by mtrevithick on 6/8/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice wine. Perhaps a little past its prime. (500 views)
 Tasted by Hickorychipper on 1/15/2012 & rated 86 points: Good, a little past it's prime. Still complimented the vichyssoise soup. (948 views)
 Tasted by ScottS on 5/13/2011: Hmm, i didn't have high hopes for this wine and I was right. Way too much alcohol. Considering the amount of alcohol this wine was thin, perhaps due to age? Hints of tart cranberry and cherry with an earthy finish. It got a little better with air. Glad this was my one and only bottle. (893 views)
 Tasted by pgordon62 on 5/31/2010 & rated 88 points: Lighty colored. Aromas of pretty red cherry, cranberry, asian spice and rose petal. There is a prickly stemminess on the delicate palate wihich adds a mocha note with a green apple attack. Moderate length on the zesty finish which shows a little heat. A light delicate wine of good breeding but lacks some depth and concentration. (985 views)
 Tasted by SeaSmoke on 4/19/2010 & rated 87 points: Light color, balance is not what other BCs have been. Finish is short. Cherry and spice with mild oak. (1043 views)
 Tasted by shk5157 on 12/7/2009 & rated 88 points: somewhat short and flat (1136 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/17/2009 & rated 88 points: Light color, somewhat thin. Sweet cherry on the palate, but simple and ultimately a bit disappointing. (1044 views)
 Tasted by the godfather on 11/15/2008 & rated 91 points: good juice,not as stemmy as most BC's, very fragrant and nice with food (1237 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 10/22/2008 & rated 88 points: Decanted 1 hour. (1274 views)
 Tasted by jflegler on 10/7/2008 & rated 84 points: 16% alcohol in a pinot...who in their right mind thought this would work?...the frankenstein of wines (1233 views)
 Tasted by gdbart on 3/20/2008: Light rose burgundy. Spicy red fruit nose. Full bodied, bold red fruit, spicy oak, dry bitter alcohol finish. Fun up front but tough bitter finish. (1098 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/23/2007 & rated 94 points: Great Pinot! I would definitely match this up to a meal... The wine is well balanced despite the high alcohol level that would probably be more noticed if drunk without food to compliment. I let it breathe in a decanter for just over an hour. (1475 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 9/3/2007 & rated 88 points: Slightly cloudy brick / rose. Deep nose of sweet black cherry and Christmas spice – also the faintest hint of milk chocolate. Juicy and explosive on the initial attack. However, the wine becomes a little flabby on the finish and a bit hot. This does not have the balance and zip of the best from B-C. Still a very good wine with a super nose. This vineyard is consistently my least favorite of the group. (88) (1486 views)
 Tasted by tanglenet on 8/24/2007: Opened not decanted. Light red in color with some clarity at the edge. Herbal components on the nose with a little heat; some cherry raspberry notes but a dominate cooked vegetable overlay with a somewhat watery finish. Fair.

Day 2: finished the bottle. Much better when served chilled. Quite a bit of white sediment in the last glass. Upgraded to Good. (1432 views)
 Tasted by MJHDC on 4/7/2007: Medium ruby, with a little haze. Very nice aromatics, with cherry and spice. A lot of character with earthy, herbal , green flavors mixed with more cherry. (1521 views)
 Tasted by PinoyNoir on 2/14/2007 & rated 89 points: better than I was expecting lots of cherry (1677 views)
 Tasted by nvandyk on 2/10/2007 & rated 90 points: Light ruby, a bit hazy. Good fruit, with an emphasis on cherries. A fairly light touch. High alcohol is noticeable. A nice wine, if not sublime. I've had better Brewer Cliftons, but I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again. (1968 views)
 Tasted by scooter260 on 2/9/2007 & rated 93 points: Delicious after 2 hours to breathe. Wow! (1710 views)
 Tasted by jbaron on 8/10/2006 & rated 86 points: Cloudy, light red (almost pink) coloring that gives away the surprise of the spicy, raspberry/strawberry aromas of this wine. The length is good, the tastes are good, and the nose is better than good, but the alcohol is distractingly high, 16% listed on the label, and it lends a pretty unpleasant note to all of the sensations of the wine - the attack is hot, the midpalate is hot, and the finish is hot. I can't imagine that the alcohol is going anywhere, and I'm glad that this is my only bottle. (1851 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 2/3/2006: Very light rose/pink almost milky in texture – light, but very rich looking. Wow – power on the nose – there is lots of juicy raspberry and cherry pie with a touch of eau-de-vie, orange and nutmeg (?) spice. This has a whopping 16% alcohol listed on the bottle. A neat sense of milk chocolate and white pepper also emerges. Not as sauvage or earth dominated as other B-C’s I have tasted. The palate is explosive – the flavor pops. The main problem here is that the finish is a bit hot and ends with an alcoholic bite. The flavors are very framboise like, just on the other side of OK balance. This might settle down, it might not. I will hold onto the rest of these for a while to see what happens. I like, but don’t love – not nearly as pleasurable today as the ‘03’s I have had recently. (15+???) (2130 views)
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Producer website
Born of an obsession with Santa Barbara County terroir, we formed Brewer-Clifton in the early 1990’s. We both had significant sales and production experience with a multitude of Santa Barbara County wineries, and always felt compelled to push the limits of the fruit from the area further than our previous employers had set forth to do. We set out to put the essence of the best vineyards in the area into a bottle.

We focus our efforts solely on the production of vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from several carefully selected, extreme vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The area's long growing seasons and diversity of marine-based soils combine to produce dynamic and explosive wines with great purity and precision. Each vineyard site is nurtured identically, allowing the pedigree of place to play the most significant role in our portfolio of wines.

In addition to our collective efforts, Steve Clifton also produces wine under his own label, called Palmina, which focuses exclusively on Italian varietals, and is the winemaker at Tritono, an Argentine producer of Malbec. Greg Brewer produces wine under the diatom label, as well as being the winemaker at Melville, a Santa Rita Hills winery dedicated to estate grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.

Brewer-Clifton wines are only available in small quantities. Total production averages between 4,000 and 6,500 cases annually.

Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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