Varner 2014 Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Burgundian expression of Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara .
Very pure nose of rose petal, wild strawberry, and gravel get deeper with air, revealing caramelized cherry fruit, clay, and fresh turned black earth. The palate combines pure strawberry fruit and rose petal freshness with depth and complexity and expresses a textural and mineral presence not found in most California Pinot Noir. Its opens up over several hours, with richer raspberry and black cherry flavors delivered in an alluring and silky texture that keeps you coming back for more.
The Varner twins have been making traditional Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Santa Cruz Mountains for decades, and more recently have been exploring the Santa Barbara County appellation, working closely with the better blocks of the Los Alamos Vineyard, a pioneering vineyard in what will eventually become the Los Alamos Valley appellation. Situated between the very cool Santa Maria appellation to the north and the warmer Santa Ynez Valley to the south, Los Alamos combines the best characteristics of both and is home to low vigor, well-drained soils that deliver more flavor at lower alcohol. The 2014 Varner Pinot is an edgy interplay between the robust 777 clone and more broadly structured Pommard clone that combines the traditional and modern Santa Barbara style.