Vinification: 1.5 ton fermentors, hand punchdown, medium cuvaison
Aging: French oak barrels, 30% new, Allier and Nevers forest dominate
Notes: This Los Alamos Vineyard wine is the first Pinot Noir from our new committment to the Santa Barbara region. Through site selection and non-interventionist winemaking, the interplay between the broad flavors of the Pommard block and the edgy componets of the 777 block bring a style that expresses both the traditional and modern of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.
Crushed flowers, sweet tobacco, dried cherries and mint are some of the notes that lift from the 2014 Pinot Noir Los Alamos Vineyard. Distinctly savory and aromatic, the Pinot is a very pretty wine. Ideally, it might have a bit more mid-palate richness to fill out its frame, but nevertheless, this is a strong debut from the Varner brothers. And the price? A steal in the realm of handmade wines.