VOLUME 10, ISSUE 25
February 5, 2016
This is my first meeting with the Pinot Noirs of Brophy Clark. Husband and wife team of John and Kelly Clark have been crafting small lots of Pinot Noir since 1996 from vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Between her time as a viticulturist and his as a winemaker, the two have more than fifty years of combined experience making Central Coast wines.
Annual production is about 10,000 cases spread among Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a few other varietals. The wines are solid and represent good value.
Articles About Brophy Clark
2010 Brophy Clark Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.62, 300 cases, $24. From the Garey and Goodchild vineyards. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of black fruits with a note of cigar box and tarry oak. Respectable, well-spiced, black raspberry and black cherry flavored core, somewhat buried in toasty oak. May improve over time as the oak integrates. Decent. Reviewed October 2, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Brophy Clark Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., $29.99. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. This is a wine you can really get your teeth into. Vibrant aromas of cherry pie glaze and baking spice. Luscious cherry and berry flavors fan out nicely on the palate, persisting with aplomb on the generous finish that leaves a hint of warmth in its wake. Smooth and seductive, this is an evocative wine. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Brophy Clark Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.61, 1,000 cases, $16. Sourced from several vineyards (80% from Loma Verde Vineyard in Los Alamos). Clones 667, 115 and 777. Aged 16 months in oak. · Pleasant aromas of cherry pie, spice and subtle oak. Middleweight black cherry flavor with complimentary oak in the background. An easy drinker for every day use. Good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Brophy Clark Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.62, 300 cases, $24. Sourced from the Garey Vineyard originally planted by Robert Mondavi Winery in 1998 (Dijon 115, 667 and Pommard clones), and the Goodchild Vineyard (clone 667). Aged 18 months in French oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of dark cherries, brier and spice. Middleweight flavors of dark red cherries and berries with soft tannins and a tart cherry finish. Good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »
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