Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2013
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The standout in the retrospective, the 2013 Pinot Noir Machado has that rare mix of opulence, power, structure, and balance that defines great wines. Beautiful blackcurrant fruits as well as notes of ground herbs, flowers, black tea, and forest floor all jump from the glass, and it’s just as good on the palate, with flawless balance, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s a brilliant wine, from a brilliant vintage, from a brilliant winemaker. Drink it any time over the coming decade.
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.
A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.
The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.