2016 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir SRH

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"A chiseled red, with notes of underbrush to the dried raspberry and red currant flavors that feature accents of persimmon and pomegranate. Cardamom details show on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,676 cases made. -KM " (WS)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is a very good introduction to the Brewer-Clifton style, wafting from the glass with a nose of ripe cherries, candied red fruit, spice and dried herbs that's more fruit-driven than this bottling often is straight out of the gates. On the palate, the wine is supple, saline and medium-bodied, with nice energy and a crunchy core of fruit. This should drink well for the better part of a decade.

This was a lovely set of wines from Greg Brewer, and they were very expressive despite their recent bottling. Brewer observed that some of his cuvées even seemed a little more precociously fruity than they generally are so early in their lives. Whole cluster fermentation and neutral oak continue to be the order of the day here, and the style of these 2016s is very much what readers will be accustomed to from Brewer-Clifton, though my sense is that Brewer is picking just a touch earlier these days than was the case last decade." (WA)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is pretty, if a touch ethereal and fleeting in overall feel. Sweet red cherry, mint and rose petal grace a lifted, beautifully perfumed Pinot that will drink well upon release. The 2016 is attractive, but not as plump or giving as it usually is." (VM)