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
2014 SRH Pinot Noir
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.
2015 SRH Pinot Noir
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
2016 SRH Chardonnay
91pts – Wine Spectator, Kim Marcus – June 2018
Intense flavors of honeydew melon and pear tart dominate this supple white. The richly spiced finish shows some pastry notes
91pts – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, William Kelley – April 2018
The 2016 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers up a bright bouquet of honeyed citrus, preserved lemon, apple and beeswax, framed by a touch of nutmeg-like leesiness. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, with lovely glossy texture underpinned by lots of cut, finishing with good length and grip. This is one of Brewer-Clifton’s largest cuvées, and it’s keenly priced too.