In 1995, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton met while working on a committee of the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association. At the time both held production jobs at Sunstone and Beckmen, respectively, and forged an immediate friendship that would ultimately germinate in the creation of Brewer-Clifton just one year later. After brief periods being housed within other wineries, Brewer-Clifton created their first standalone facility in Lompoc in 2000, nestled between the local legend Rick Longoria and the upstart Sea Smoke. Y2K proved pivotal both for Brewer-Clifton and Santa Rita Hills, which was identified and approved as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) that same year.
Today, Brewer-Clifton’s estate vineyards now include sixty acres across four separate parcels within the AVA. And with Greg just named Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Winemaker of the Year, we count ourselves incredibly lucky to have secured a limited amount of this highly sought-after bottling for our Red Cellar Trio Club.
This 100% estate Pinot Noir is a blend comprised of fruit from the 3D, Machado, and Hapgood vineyards, and was entirely whole-cluster fermented and aged in neutral oak.
Bright, ruby red. Beautiful aromas of red fruit and baking spices. The palate is supple and shows ripe cherry, delicate, savory tannins and a hint of eucalyptus. The finish is generous and beautifully balanced.