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. – Robert Parker
92pts – JebDunnuck.com, Jeb Dunnuck – Aug 2018
The earliest vintage of Greg’s career to date (harvest dates in California continue to be earlier and earlier), the 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is also beautiful. Smoked herbs, black cherries, currants and earthy notes give way to a classic, textured, beautifully balanced and lengthy Pinot Noir that will drink nicely for another decade.
94pts – International Wine Report, Owen Bargreen – Oct 2017
The 2014 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is an absolutely outstanding showing, which opens with a bouquet of cinnamon sticks, red cherry, guava puree and suggestions of pomegranate seed with orange rind accents. Lithe and deep, this shows very pretty flavors of red cherries, lavender, raspberry and pomegranate with blood orange accents. Smooth and seductive, this is absolutely outstanding wine which should conintue to show well for years to come.
94pts & Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettman – Feb 2018
This is Greg Brewer’s appellation blend rather than his single-vineyard expressions, but it’s still incredibly dynamic and delicious. A fresh and fruity strawberry-slushie aroma is met with notes of crushed slate and star anise-spiced cookies on the nose. The palate is bright in flavors of slightly tart cherries and ripe cranberries, but then come juniper and pine needle on the midpalate. Acidity pumps into the pomegranate and menthol finish.
91pts – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Lisa Perotti-Brown – Sept 2017
Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills has fragrant herbal notes of Provence herbs and wild thyme over a core of red cherries and cranberries plus a waft of dusty earth. Medium-bodied, it delivers a wall of refreshing red berry and earthy layers supported by chewy tannins a lively backbone, finishing long
93pts – Purely Domestic Wine Report, Doug Wilder – July 2018
The nose is a lean cherry, herb, tea leaf and mint. The palate is a supple red fruit, cherry and apple through the core finishing in a focused depth of plum and spiced cherry.
92pts – Washington Wine Blog, Owen Bargreen – Jan 2020
The 2016 Brewer-Clifton ‘Santa Rita Hills’ Pinot Noir is an absolutely killer value Pinot Noir by this storied estate first founded in 1996. On the nose this takes on salted Bing cherry tones that collide with shades of blood orange zest, Umami and wild strawberry that all take their shape in the glass. The freshness imparted, as well as the silky texture, really shines here. Bright red cherry preserves and pomegranate seed connect with the damp terroir tones and salted orange zest flavors. While this is outstanding now, the wine will cellar well for at least another decade. Drink 2020-2030.