Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
The Melville Pinot Noir shows aromas of violets, blueberries and watermelon rind. Flavors of pomegranate and sour Bing cherry fill the glass, finishing with a walnut skin texture.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Heady aromas of red fruit preserves, incense and rose oil, with a spicy topnote. Stains the palate with energetic raspberry and cherry flavors and shows outstanding clarity. Takes a darker turn with air, picking up a blackberry note that carries through a long, sweet, velvety finish. I have no doubt that this wine will age effortlessly but I find it pretty irresistible now."
Wine Spectator - "Clean, pure, ripe and vivid flavors of spice, wild berry and raspberry are tight and structured in this tannic red."
The Wine Advocate - "I am in total agreement with Antonio Galloni's initial review of the 2010 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard published in 2012. This wine finished at 15.3% natural alcohol, and while I did not find any of the mint and herb characteristics Antonio mentioned, there is some bouquet garni, lots of raspberry and black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a firm, structured finish. It appears the cooler years of 2009, 2010 and 2011 are more herbal than earlier vintages."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "I find a lot of intrigue in the 2010 Pinot Noir Melville. An open, floral bouquet laced with sweet dried cherries, mint, herbs and licorice melds into expressive fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Melville nevertheless has plenty of fruit and stuffing, but it is less obvious than some of the other wines in this lineup. The layered, subtle finish is especially of note."
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While grounded in traditional ideals matched with extensive studies in Europe, the wines at Brewer-Clifton do not feel the necessity to be fettered by them. Instead, the vintners elect to employ the most sincere and vulnerable wine production practices so as to reinterpret classicism within the aesthetic of the Sta. Rita Hills.
They do not strive to emulate any other producer or any other region as they follow their own pursuit. Brewer-Clifton has espoused itself to the appellation and will continue to do everything possible display and celebrate it in as honest and impactful manner possible. View all Brewer-Clifton Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.