2014 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir 3 D Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"A supple, graceful style that builds on a core of spicy, tea-scented plum and blueberry flavors, gaining depth and nuance. Most impressive on the elegant, refined finish. Drink now. 192 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"One of the more elegant, perfumed releases from this team, the 2014 Pinot Noir 3 D gives up lots of framboise, toasted spice, dried flowers and incense in a seamless, silky, impeccably balanced profile. Possessing no hard edges, a lighter transparent ruby color, ultra-fine tannin and a great finish, it can be enjoyed today, or cellared for a decade.

As I commented last year, there have been significant changes at Brewer-Clifton recently and Steve Clifton is no longer involved at the estate. However, Greg Brewer remains the driving force here, and his 2014s are beautiful wines. In addition, Greg remains one of the few winemakers not afraid of true richness and ripeness, and his wines are better for it. " (WA)

"One of the highlights in this lineup, the 2014 Pinot Noir 3-D emerges from Brewer-Clifton's warmest site. Voluptuous, dark and ample on the palate, with striking breadth, the 3-D captures the best qualities of the vintage. Round yet silky tannins wrap around the creamy, expressive finish. This site is planted with Swan and Pommard clone Pinot. " (VM)

Winery Notes:
This bottling is comprised of 100% estate pinot noir from our 3D vineyard which historically offers a spicy and ethereal power.

The primary emphasis of the predominantly sandy 10 acre vineyard is chardonnay, with equal amounts of five clones planted (4, 76, Hyde, Mount Eden and Sea Smoke Wente). In addition to chardonnay, there is a smaller field of pinot noir planted to Swan, Pommard, 667 and 828 clones.

Only neutral Sirugue barrels are used for 12-18mos. We strive for whole cluster fermentation. We farm with a focus of ripening the stems alongside the fruit, allowing the cluster to be in harmony. Working with the stems allows for wines that are structured, earthy and balanced with our beautiful SRH fruit. We often use the analogy of roasting fish or meat on the bone, the bone offers complex flavors very different than taking it off of the bone to cook it.

All of the single vineyard wines are produced with the intention of aging and cellaring for at least 10 years and can easily be enjoyed after 15 years.