2005 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Sta. Rita Hills
Drink between 2007 - 2014 (Edit)
CT91 37 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • devraj Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 26, 2019 - Medium golden yellow in color. Initial matchstick aromas quickly give way to orchard pit fruits and pineapple, nut and citrus oils, buttered popcorn, yellow flowers. Rich and viscous palate shows sweet tropical fruit marmalade, good acidity, melted butter, vanilla creme brûlée and a long honeyed finish. This is punching up the Batard white burgundy pedigree but the sweet and rich palate gives away the region. Superb and amazing wine given this is a 14 year old Chardonnay.

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  • Pontifax Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 24, 2018 - Well it has been 3 years since this wine was reviewed on CT.
    On nose: Initially after decanting?...a disappointing scent of " chemical golden topping "as you find on movie theatre popcorn, and a hint of petroleum jelly.
    ......A half hour later: Toasted hazelnuts, gala apples and ripe peaches!
    On palate:Rich, ripe.... flavours of Rhubarb fennel,cinnamon, apples vanilla custard all supported by a still firm backbone of acidity...very new world nevertheless but seeming to strive for the complexity of a Burgundian Grand cru.... . but only lacks the restraint due to high alcohol.... surprisingly un oxidized for a 13 year old Cali chard.... . drink with chicken or pork back ribs.

  • oncocyte wrote:

    July 14, 2015 - I believe the voting clustered around 94 pts for this. Color is about a fourth of he way from pale yellow to maximally aged chard. Honey on the nose led some to California. Citrus/honeysuckle palate with some minerality. Some described spice on the finish, but two of us thought it was more of a astringent woody thing on the back that downgraded the wine. We could not determine if we felt it was coming together or falling apart. Further research is required.

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  • rralls wrote: 93 points

    October 23, 2014 - Drank at October Bone's saxum dinner. Remember it was showing very well.

  • JBVino wrote:

    August 1, 2014 - For nine years old this wine was quite young. Wine had good acidity and balance. Secondary flavors were present to give it complexity and personality. Enjoyed.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135 (link)

    (Brewer Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Richard Jennings
    9/3/2009 (link) 89 points

    (Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel) Light medium gold color; maple, oily, a little oxidized on nose; more mature, balanced, oaky, tart lemon, vanilla palate; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • 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 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 141 (29%)
  • Consumed 341 (70%)

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