“Two brilliant young winemakers, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton, are symbolic of both the present and the future of California high quality wine production. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, with their own personal visions of wine quality formed by French and Italian experiences as well as their belief in the cool climate sites of Santa Rita Hills, they have proven time and time again that remarkable wines can emerge from this relatively new viticultural region.”
– Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Located in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of California, Brewer-Clifton is one of the most highly-esteemed producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the country. So much that in 2014 their 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir received the #8 spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines. The critically acclaimed winery dates back to 1996 when University of California Santa Barbara professor Greg Brewer and surfer turned rock singer Steve Clifton joined forces and began their own wine label. Brewer-Clifton’s location in the Sta. Rita Hills gives the fruit the benefit of maritime influence which creates longer hang time for the grapes. The specific vineyard sites including Gnesa, Machado, 3-D, Hapgood, and Acin, allow for the varieties to reach the full-bodied, California examples which often receive high scores from critics and consumers alike.
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