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BREWER CLIFTON PINOT NOIR, MACHADO VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2014
The strawberry, floral, fresh and incense-scented 2014 Pinot Noir Machado is full-bodied, beautifully textured and layered, with ultra-fine, building tannin that comes through on the finish. I love its purity of fruit, and it shows incredible class and length on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will drink beautifully over the following decade.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2014 Pinot Noir Machado is distinguished by its spine of tannin and vertical sense of structure. The interplay of rich, creamy fruit and underpinning structure is compelling. A host of dark red cherry, plum and spice notes open up in the glass, but the Machado is, above all else, a wine that speaks to the inherent structure of this cool Sta. Rita Hills site. The 2014 will offer plenty of intrigue over the next decade or so. Today, it is terrific.
NVWE Notes: If loaded with flashy, forthcoming flavors, this is nevertheless a wine built for long term cellaring. The nose is densely-packed with fruit and exotic spice, as creamy-rich aromas of Amarena cherry, lingonberry, whortleberry, Santa Rosa plum, strawberry cobbler, blueberry galette, red rose and roasted beet are drenched in a perfume of sumac berry, pink peppercorn, cardamom, coriander, sandalwood, powdered ginger, toffee, nougat and slightly saline, iron ore-like minerality. All this drama is mirrored on the palate, where the texture is dense, but never heavy and the tannins must yield to the wine’s unrelenting richness. The finish is ultra-long and the flavors already seductive, so this deep and almost muscular wine - destined to live twenty years or more - can be enjoyed now. 600 six packs produced.