2009 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Mount Carmel Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel impresses for its generous, radiant personality. Constantly changing in the glass, it shows off a multi-dimensional expression of dark raspberries, crushed flowers, licorice and spices. I especially like the way this blossoms through the mid-palate and onto the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

No one has done more to carry the banner for the Santa Rita Hills than Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. Both together at Brewer-Clifton and separately in their other projects, Brewer and Clifton consistently deliver delicious wines that are also deeply thought provoking with regards to the potential these vineyard sites hold. The Pinots in particular are compelling. The 2009 Pinots saw a seven day cold soak and fermentations that lasted a total of 35-40 days, with 100% stems." (WA)

"Vivid ruby. High-pitched, pure, floral-accented aromas of red berries, Asian spices, blood orange and potpourri. Concentrated, lithe and precise, offering juicy raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors and a seamless, silky texture. Finishes sappy, sweet and very long, with resonating floral and spice notes. This sexy wine is delicious right now. " (IWC)

"Very bright and floral on the nose with tangy lemon and orange peel notes. Full and racy with great focus. Beautiful balance. Refined tannins. Give it three to four years." (JS)

Winery Notes:
This spectacular and challenging site consistently delivers fruit that we find particularly compelling and difficult to describe. Very steep slopes of botella clay, diatomite and limestone planted to a quintet of pinot noir clones with diverse spacing.

Raspberry, dried orange peel and spicy aromatics set the stage for the flavors of rhubarb, dried cherry and damp earth which follow. Extremely elegant and noble mouth feel supported by fine tannins and restrained richness.