We are committed to a finite stretch of land within the Sta. Rita Hills appellation even before we mapped and defined it some twenty years ago. From our first working moments here in the early 1990’s, we have been lured and seduced by this magnificent wine growing area. The pure crystalline sand soils under our feet and the salty air blowing continuously from the rugged nearby sea set an immediate hook from which we could never escape.
We remain steadfastly loyal to the stewardship of this land through our estate holdings, and are humbled to travel the globe sharing our story with colleagues, collectors and wine enthusiasts such as yourself. We feel more motivated than ever before in the refinement of our craft and look forward to sharing our efforts with you for many decades to come.
Their 2013 “Machado” bottling is a pinot with a deep slow voice. A pinot that will envelop your palate...and your mind.
Karen MacNeil (Wine Speed, November 2016)
The Chardonnays in particular are brilliant, once again showing just how compelling this vintage can be.
Antonio Galloni (regarding the 2013 vintage)
I find their Chards particularly compelling, edgy and extreme. I have sometimes thought that the Brewer-Clifton Chardonnays tasted like turbocharged Chablis..
Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal
The other night I opened a bottle of wine that I couldn't stop thinking about. It's a wine startling for its purity and for its size. I find Brewer to be one of the most thoughtful and honest winemakers around.
Eric Asimov, The New York Times
Brewer's methods and philosophy may seem extreme, but then so are his results. Like haiku that encapsulate in simple phrases whole ranges of feeling, these wines in their purity achieve an eerie transcendence that enables one to imagine that one is not tasting Chardonnay at all, but wind, soil, light.
Brett Anderson, The Robb Report
I find Brewer to be one of the most thoughtful and honest winemakers around.
Eric Asimov, NY Times
In summary, it is clear that the wines of Brewer-Clifton are crafted by perfectionists seeking to produce something very distinctive and individualistic. As I noted above, many of these wines are better with age than I ever suspected, and they have the ability to improve dramatically in the bottle and last much longer than I imagined. Kudos to Brewer-Clifton.
One senses that everything is trying to burst the seams beneath its structured veneer.