2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Seasmoke


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Sta. Rita Hills
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • markcic wrote: 88 points

    November 21, 2014 - It has been a year and a half since I tried a bottle. We PNP'd with a roasted red snapper, the nose was light but the palate was flavored with pear, peach and melon which became more pronounced as the bottle temperature rose. A nice finish.

  • edwilley3 Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 16, 2014 - Consumed at dinner after opening around lunch. Big fragrance out of the bottle as soon as the cork popped out and with air the nose just got bigger. Citrusy notes dominated and the fully decanted nose was lovely with a heady citrus blossom perfume that I don't expect at this price. Oak is evident but the intense fruit and floral notes balance it such that it's not heavy handed. On the palate, this is not as seamless as the best Brewer-Clifton or, say, Martinelli, but it's still a pretty big wine that coats different parts of the mouth and has a medium-long finish. As to the alcohol, I asked my dinner companion what the ABV was and her response was 13.5%. So, yeah, it doesn't taste hot if you give it a chance to open. The bottle I had anyway was far from tired and the acid level made me think it had years to go. Right now I would say it's a flexible chardonnay that can satisfy a California freak like me (my favorite chards are from Peter Michael and Marcassin), lend support to dinner (a juicy herb roasted chicken expertly prepared by my friend), or stand alone as a refreshing but succulent aperitif. If you don't like the 2008 B-C chards, feel free to give your bottles to me. This is not as good as the 2008 Sweeney Canyon bottling (96 pts personal rating), but it's still good. In my view, this wine is extremely well made, showing many elements I look for in a big league chard. The difference I think is that the grapes weren't quite locked in at full ripeness. Close, but not quite.

  • mclanew wrote: 90 points

    November 2, 2013 - A bit fat and alcoholic but nice fruit concentration of white peaches, nectarines, flowers and a touch of oak.

  • tantotinto wrote: 91 points

    July 2, 2013 - Softer, rounder and modestly less acidic than the last bottle. Otherwise, consistent with that note.

  • tantotinto wrote: 92 points

    May 1, 2013 - The last couple of bottles had seemed a little tired. But this bottle was vibrant and tasty.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147 (link)

    (Brewer Clifton Chardonnay Sea Smoke Vineyard Santa Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type White
  • Producer Brewer-Clifton
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Seasmoke
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 86 (37%)
  • Consumed 144 (63%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Dijon Chicken, Dungeness Crab, Soft-shell Crab

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