Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir Machado 2017



94 pts. Vinous

20 in stock

SKU: 1337626201700750 Categories: , , ,


100% Pinot Noir. Started in 1996 by ex-surfer and rock singer Steve Clifton and ex-French professor Greg Brewer, the Brewer-Clifton winery is located in a prefab metal shed in an industrial park not far from the Lompoc prison. Mr. Brewer is a lean, hyperactive former competitive cyclist; the Laguna-bred Mr. Clifton still seems much more like a surfer than an oenologist, brawnier, and far more laid back. But both are quick to credit the unique geography of their chosen region. And indeed they do it a lot: they talk a lot about their respect for nature, the essence of their vineyards, the unique climate of the Santa Rita Hills, the high intensity, high acidity wines it engenders, and its singular suitability for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their winemaking gospel is the geographic, geologic, and climatic uniqueness of their beloved Santa Rita Hills. Their mission is to present wines that convey the characteristics inherent to each of their vineyard sites, with uncompromising quality. This Pinot Noir comes from the Machado vineyard with its sandy loam soils. It’s a wine that shows why Brewer-Clifton is known for extraordinary wines with a striking fusion of savory, mineral notes, leanness, and acidity and yet at the same time phenomenal intensity and richness.

Tasting Notes
A wine of density and power, the 2017 Pinot Noir Machado is another standout in what is a very impressive range from Brewer-Clifton this year. Dark cherry and plum fruit are rich and expansive on the palate. The 2017 needs a few years in bottle to develop more complexity, but it is really quite compelling, even in the early going.
- Antonio Galloni

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs



Brewer Clifton


United States




Central Coast


Santa Barbara County

Vineyard Designation

Santa Rita Hills


Pinot Noir