Sometimes it seems like I have all the luck. No, I didn't win the lottery or Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. I could only be THAT lucky!
No, in this case, I was fortunate enough to be pouring at a wine tasting (this was before my newest segments (Wine Tasting Tell All). Next to me was a friend of mine from one of the other distributors. We were doing this tasting at a local country club, so the wines we both had were a little better in quality.
As is usually the case at wine tastings, some of us will venture over to other reps to try one of their wines and vice versa. What luck I had that my friend was pouring a Chardonnay from the winery of Brewer Clifton. As it sometimes is, I have been a big fan of Brewer Clifton wines for some time. Predominately producer of Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, they have a number of different wines they produce. Some of them in almost minuscule amounts.
The wine she had was just one of those. It was the
Brewer Clifton 2012 Chardonnay Acin
There are two things that interested me about this wine. The first was that this was the first vintage of this particular wine (Acin). Second, it's total production was a mear 189 cases. I'm amazed that the wine made it out of California with only that few cases. But, and this is why I feel lucky, it did and I was able to savor the wine myself.
Luckily again, the wine was just a total joy to drink. Its tropical perfumed nose that continued through on the palate, along with a peach note and wonderful acidity that finished with a certain minerality from the aging in neutral oak. This was no ordinary Chardonnay!
Fortunately (or should I continue with the theme - luckily), the crowd was smaller and there was plenty left over and I was able to enjoy the wine as a finality to the tasting. Very befitting for the occasion.
The only thing that I can say that is not as lucky is that due to the limited production of this wine, it will probably be very difficult to come by. If you find the 2013 vintage, buy it immediately and let me know where you got it, as that vintage was even better (Wine Advocate on 2012 - 91 Points and 2013 - 96 Points). Suggested retail is a little steep at probably $65 or higher. If you're a fan of great Chardonnays, it's well worth the money.