2021 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JD 96 JS 94 WS 93 WA 92 VN 92 WE 92 DC 91
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, August 2023

Ripe orchard fruits, butted lemon, crushed stone, and salty, marine-influence notes all emerge from the 2021 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, a concentrated, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with a liquid rock-like sense of...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, December 2023

Attractive aromas of candied lemons, peaches and dried mangoes with hints of honeysuckle and praline. Some crushed almonds, too. Medium- to full-bodied. Shows concentration, focus and tension. It has vivid acidity and...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2023

There's terrific focus and intensity to the bright citrus flavors at the core of this white, with yuzu, ruby grapefruit, Meyer lemon and lime zest notes, plus plenty of salty, minerally accents that add a mouthwatering...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2023

The 2021 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills opens with lots of flinty, matchstick tones over a core of spicy white peach and citrus blossoms. The light-bodied palate balances juicy acidity with a touch of textural grip. It has...
VN 92

Vinous, September 2023

The 2021 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is a fabulous introduction to this range and the year. Citrus peel, white flowers, mint and chalk all grace this delicate, understated Chardonnay. The appellation Chardonnay is...
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, October 2023

Citrusy tonic aromas meet with a light wood spice on the nose of this bottling. The palate brightens with lemon rind and balm flavors, as Mandarin orange pith and a zippy acidity pushes long into the finish. — Matt Kettmann
DC 91

Decanter, February 2023

This profoundly ripe, densely concentrated Chardonnay is a bolder expression of the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Weighty and voluminous but still squarely anchored in acidity, this powerful wine pulsates with ripe Asian pear and...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

This 2021 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills is a true gem from the Central Coast region of California. With its elegant and refined character, it is a wine that truly exemplifies the craftsmanship of Brewer-Clifton, a renowned producer in the industry.

In the glass, this Chardonnay showcases a beautiful pale golden hue, reminiscent of the warm California sunshine. Its color is a perfect representation of the vibrant flavors and aromas that await the fortunate taster. With a white wine like this, it is crucial to enjoy it at the right temperature to fully appreciate its complexity.

On the nose, one is immediately struck by the intense citrus aromas that dominate the bouquet. Notes of yuzu, ruby grapefruit, Meyer lemon, and lime zest dance on the senses, creating a tantalizing and invigorating experience. As the wine opens up, subtle hints of lemon basil emerge, adding an herbaceous touch that complements the fruit beautifully.

The palate of this Chardonnay is a true delight. There is a fantastic focus and intensity to the bright citrus flavors that form the core of this wine. The yuzu, ruby grapefruit, Meyer lemon, and lime zest notes are not only vibrant but also impeccably balanced. The wine also boasts plenty of salty, minerally accents that add a mouthwatering minerality, enhancing the overall experience.

With an alcohol content of 14.0%, this Chardonnay has a lovely weight and texture on the palate. It is medium-bodied, offering a harmonious blend of richness and freshness. The finish is long and lingering, leaving a lasting impression of citrus and a touch of lemon basil.

This 2021 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills is a wine that can be enjoyed now, inviting you to savor its vibrant and expressive qualities. With only 5,600 cases produced, it is a limited edition that deserves a place in any wine lover's collection. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes, this Chardonnay is a true testament to the remarkable winemaking talent found in Santa Barbara's Santa Rita Hills appellation.