2005 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Sta. Rita Hills
Drink between 2008 - 2015 (Edit)
CT91.9 23 reviews
Label borrowed from 2003

Community Tasting Notes 21

  • veniceslug1 Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 10, 2018 - still a beautiful wine. Nice acid, but not as pronounced as a similarly priced burgundy. A great drink still.

  • Hamersly Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 15, 2017 - Pale amber color points to some oxidation, but still delicious. Retains its liveliness on Day 1 only, when it delights with stone fruit, citrus and honey without being cloying. Drink now.

  • jonahfactor Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 31, 2013 - New Year's Eve accompanying our traditional at-home Lobsterfest. Turning more golden and having added weight in the six months since we last tried this. Viscous legs. Could easily go toe-to-toe with a heavyweight Meursault as it pumps out more and more flavor over a two-hour dinner. Curtains open with butterscotch and mild, nutty, buttered-popcorn qualities. Over time the fruit steps into the limelight (pineapple, quince, apple, white peach, lemon zest) with a touch of marshmallow in the finish. The acidity keeps it fresh and incredibly food friendly right through the encore. A delight.

    On Day 2 this wine takes on a more honeyed quality and becomes less food friendly. Best on Day 1 when it's fresh and lively. Let it open up in the glass over the course of a two- to three-hour dinner.

  • jonahfactor Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 23, 2013 - Brilliant! Could balance this on the head of a pin. Perfect tension between lush fruit and acidity without the heavy hand of oak so many California winemakers rely on. Deep gold with medium legs in the glass. A cornucopia of fruit -- apricot, pineapple, guava, honeydew melon, essence of raspberry and grapefruit (zest of lemon, too?) -- framed by a toasty component that shines but never overwhelms from first sniff to 60-second finish. Time in the glass serves it well. (Lyn was right that I should have decanted this -- but decanting an eight-year-old Calif. Chard????) After two hours it developed even greater complexity, taking on more tropical notes and an enchanting bouquet. Serve this at slightly below cellar temp. Bravo!

  • jonahfactor wrote: 95 points

    December 31, 2012 - (New Year's Eve Eve Lobsterfest with H&M) A beautiful expression of Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay. Inconsequential legs with an elusive bouquet when first opened. However, over time it developed the enchanting scents of a New England antique shop. Color tending toward golden. Unusually fruit forward for a still relatively young B-C wine, with a wonderful honeyed quality that accompanied lush tropical fruits (Matt nailed it with "pineapple"). All of that integrated into a perfect backbone of acidity. Ripe. Lush. Precise. Stellar winemaking, and perfect with lobster and drawn butter sprinkled with paprika.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type White
  • Producer Brewer-Clifton
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Rancho Santa Rosa
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (2%)
  • In Cellars 46 (34%)
  • Consumed 86 (64%)

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