2014 Santa Barbara

Pinot Noir

Burgundian expression of Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara .

$19.00

(5 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Varner 2014 Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Santa Barbara

Pinot Noir

$19.00

(5 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Wine Details

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.

  • Vintage
  • 2014
  • Appellation
  • Santa Barbara
  • Grape
  • Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 13.2%
  • Cases Produced
  • Drink/hold
  • Now through 2021
Cam Confidential

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.

Reviews

5 Reviews Total

Steve

Verified Purchase

This is a good one. Very light, elegant, and refined. Does not taste like many California Pinots that you may be used to. Structured but low tannin, this has a pleasant taste up front and is very drinkable. Not overly complex but I really didn't think it needed to be. With chicken or fish, this is an absolutely perfect pair. Also great with some cheese and crackers. I opened, decanted, and let it sit in a cool spot for about an hour. That bit of air and a slight chill, a few degrees south of room temperature, really helped to add to this as well. Highly recommend!

Just ordered another 1/2 case

Verified Purchase

As soon as I poured this light pinot, I knew it was going to be good. If blindfolded, I'd be hard pressed to guess this was a CA product. Light, airy, incredibly drinkable. Smooth, very low tannins. It's rare that I reorder this many bottles since I like to try different wines. In this case, however, I just had to get more. It is ready to drink now and I can only imagine how much better it will be in the future. One of the best CH wines and values in quite some time.

Kerry

Verified Purchase

The Varner Pinot noir is an excellent wine. It was extremely smooth and very easy to drink. Not overpowering and a perfect example of a Pinot.

Stanley

Verified Purchase

Based upon what Cam says & writes here, + the reviews on the Varner site, I'm VERY pleased Cam alerted at least me to this producer. (I'm planning/HOPING to hold our 2 bottles for at least another 18 mos or so.)

Tom

Verified Purchase

Didn't know California made Pinot Noir like this. Much more elegant and refined than what I normally would have expected from the sunshine state. Excellent companion to the salmon we had last night.