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2006 Brewer-Clifton - Pinot Noir Mount Carmel Pinot Noir - USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Rita Hills - Red

USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Rita Hills

Red Pinot Noir
Producer Notes

Brewer-Clifton produces vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara. Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton started the winery in the early 1990s with the aim to capture the vineyards' essence in the bottle. The Santa Rita Hills' long growing seasons and diversity of marine-based soils give the wines great purity and precision. Steve also has his... More »

Score
92
WA 92
WS 86
Drink Dates
WA: 2008-2018 WS: 2008-2011
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WA 92
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 180
Drink Dates 2008-2018

Earthy cinnamon and almost charcuterie notes, along with some black tea aromas jump from the glass of the medium to dark ruby-colored 2006 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel. This is a lean, austere, but stunningly complex wine that again comes across like a grand cru Burgundy from the southern sector of the Cote de Nuits. Give this wine several years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade.

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WS 86
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008-2011

Tilts toward herbal, mineral and dried berry flavors, but this is balanced, with enough ripe cherry and loganberry flavors to provide modest fruit complexity.

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Author Bocawine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.939%
Tasted On 09/05/2011
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