2010 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel


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Community Tasting Notes 46

  • short and confused wrote: (91 points)

    November 22, 2014 - Vivid gold tinged yellow. This is nice sexy rich new world Chardonnay. Candied lime, iodine, ginger and smoke. Full and rich. I really liked it as did the others at dinner but it was not a wine that really held my interest. I have had a couple of Brewer Clifton wines and really enjoyed them all but the winery is not making to my short list of wines to spend time seeking out and shelling out cash. Admittedly, this is coming from someone who tends towards France when it comes to Pinot noir and Chardonnay.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Nojomoschwa wrote: flawed

    October 9, 2014 - N/A - faulty bottle. Sealed with DIAM cork, so not corked, but definitely something funky and not nice with this bottle. Shame as it was my only one.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • mazik Likes this wine: (91 points)

    August 23, 2014 - Lovely wine, my tasting note from March stands. But will somebody explain how to get that effing capsule off?

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  • vinophobic Likes this wine: (90 points)

    August 16, 2014 - Second BC '10 chard. As with the last bottle, I believe this needs to age longer due to racing acidity. Currently drinks like it was just bottled. Nonetheless, there's a lot to like and the acidity worked perfectly for our Thai chicken basil dinner.

    Update: After two further days in the wine fridge with a stopper the acidity has decreased a bit, letting some lemon, tart green apple, and under-ripe peach notes shine a wee-bit more. Again, I think this will be excellent with a couple more years. It has the acidity, minerality, and viscosity to last a handful plus of years.

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  • JimmyGillingham Likes this wine: (90 points)

    August 1, 2014 - I really enjoyed this wine. The color was a little bit darker than I was expecting. I had brought it as a bottle to a BYOB and actually worried for a second whether there may have been oxidation issues. But, there were none. Just a little bit of a darker young wine.

    Great nose of stone fruits. Some honeysuckle and a touch of oak. Not sure how much oak it sees. Although present, it is not distracting. On the palate you get some minerality and what I think of as salinity. The mineral notes are accompanied by citrus, stone fruits, and a touch of apple.

    Really nice bottle at a good price when can find it on sale. Now, someone just needs to come up with a way to get the wax capsule off easier. I felt really bad for the waiter who fumbled with it at the table. Next time, I am definitely getting the wax off before leaving the house.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012) (link)

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    November/December 2011, Issue #159 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/9/2014 (link) 88 points

    (Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel) Light medium yellow color; baked pear, light caramel, tart pear, reduction nose; concentrated, very tart lemon, reduction, mineral palate; medium-plus finish (13.3% alcohol) 88+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type White
  • Producer Brewer-Clifton
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Mount Carmel
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 369 (61%)
  • Consumed 230 (38%)

Food Pairing

roasted salmon

Who Likes This Wine

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