2005 Brewer-Clifton Ashley’s Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 911 cases, $48. Ashley’s Vineyard was owned by the Parker family and named after Fess’s daughter, Ashley. It was subsequently sold to Demetria Estate and renamed Gaia Vineyard. There are still bottlings carrying the Ashley’s name. This wine is from two blocks planted on steep clay-loam slopes to cones 114, 115, and Pommard. · A cherry-driven wine with flamboyant aromas of fresh black cherries carrying over in the mouth with hints of red licorice and oak. Rich and long, with a creamy texture and admirable balance. Reviewed October 1, 2008

Winery: Brewer-Clifton
From article: Brewer-Clifton Recent Retrospective