We are delighted to continue working with Brewer Clifton the highly regarded producer from Santa Barbara. The area came to prominence in the early 1990s and is particularly known for being the location of some of the most pro-active and innovative producers anywhere in the US. Brewer-Clifton was formed in the early 1990s by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. As the former notes; “It is our primary goal and priority to deliver the essence of the vineyard as clearly and honestly as possible.” They do this by sourcing parcels, which they vinify and bottle separately, from growers in all four corners of the county.
We are huge fans of these wines here at Genesis, they really prove that whereas Pinot Noir struggles in the Sonoma and Napa valleys, ironically further south in the Santa Barbara area (and specifically in the Santa Rita Hills appellation) where the cooling Pacific breeze benefits the vines so much that great Pinot is more than possible in California. We rate the wines here along side some of the best names in Burgundy. As so often is the case in the New World, think more Cotes de Beaune than Cotes de Nuits, (more Volnay than Nuits St Georges) and with buckets of charm and freshness to go with the expressive fruit. The Chardonnays have real focus and lift to them and are unforced; again firmly Burgundian in style without any of the excesses that many Californian Chardonnays often have.
As ever quantities of the wines are very limited and are likely to be in strong demand. Contact us to secure your allocation.