“The honor that I feel to receive this prestigious Wine Enthusiast award is only rivaled by that which I have felt to represent the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County for the entirety of my thirty-year career”
—Greg Brewer, Founder & Winemaker
In light of this honor, we constructed a compact set of wines highlighting two of Greg’s most sought after Pinot Noirs and the very rare sparkling bottling. Raise a glass with us to celebrate well deserved recognition and a lifetime of dedication and service to the Sta. Rita Hills.
1 bottle of each wine:
2014 Machado Pinot Noir
2018 Machado Pinot Noir
2014 Hapgood Pinot Noir
2018 Hapgood Pinot Noir
2010 3D Sparkling Blanc de Blancs
2014 & 2018
Brewer-Clifton Machado Vineyard Pinot Noir ($80/btl)
Looking to secure a mirror-image sister ranch to our 3D Vineyard, we began working with the Machado family in the winter of 2008. Our 15 acre parcel is marked by a gorgeous rolling terrain with sandy loam soils. At Machado, the majority of the planting is dedicated to pinot noir with equal amounts planted to selections Pommard, Mount Eden, 37 and 459. This thirty barrel production is comprised of clones 37 and 459.
Aroma – Cherry, Rhubarb, Mint
Flavor– Blackberry, Boysenberry, Allspice
Texture – Black Tea, Silt
96pts, Wine Enthusiast, MK October 2020
“Joyous and aromatically arresting scents of creamy black cherry, black raspberry, licorice and black cardamom grab hold of the nose and don’t waver on this bottling. Deep and dark fruit flavors mix with hints of dank herb, tarragon and even cannabis on the palate, where the acidity is penetrating and persistent.”
93pts, Jeb Dunnuck, JD October 2019
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Machado is another rounded, full-bodied example of this vineyard and has complex notes of ripe cherries, incense, applewood, and exotic spices. With beautiful fruit and no hard edges, it’s another candidate for drinking any time over the coming 8-10 years or so.”
2014 & 2018
Brewer-Clifton Hapgood Vineyard Pinot Noir ($65/btl)
The Hapgood Vineyard is located across the road from our Machado vineyard and is situated at the end of Hapgood Road. In slightly richer soil, the vineyard is planted predominantly to the 459 and 37 clones of Pinot Noir, with small plots of 828 and 667. The elevated clay loam content results in larger volume and a denser palate expression. The four barrels selected to construct the Hapgood Pinot Noir bottling are 100% clone 37.
Aroma – Vibrant Dark Fruit, Spice
Flavor – Blueberry, Earth, Red Plum
Texture – Round
95pts, Wine Enthusiast, MK October 2020
“Black raspberry, damp thyme and white pepper make for a brilliantly fresh while intoxicatingly herby nose on this single vineyard expression. The palate sticks to that story, offering crisp pomegranate alongside thyme, marjoram and more white pepper.”
96pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, JD September 2017
Full-bodied, supple, layered, yet still focused and lively style on the palate. Another rich, textured, yet balanced Pinot Noir from this team, it has solid tannic structure and will cruise for at least a decade in the cellar.”
Brewer-Clifton 3D Vineyard Sparkling Blanc de Blancs ($75/btl)
Mysterious and evocative, very few beverages rival the elegance of sparkling wine with tiny beads of effervescence emerging from within to deliver the message of origin to all of our senses.
One of the more influential elements of this wine’s upbringing is the extended time spent in contact with the yeast lees in bottle. During this period, referred to as en tirage, the wine remains nurtured and protected by the spent yeast. There is an incredible evolution throughout this tenure, where the yet to be finished product simultaneously gains soulful depth while still retaining freshness and life. The late disgorgement of the wine is akin to unearthing a time capsule that has been buried away for the better part of a decade. We carried out this labor intensive process at the culmination of eight years in our cellar on August 12, 2019. Less than 60 bottles remain of this initial production.