Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: USA
Region: California
Appellation: Santa Barbara
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Sourced from two blocks of the Los Alamos vineyard and is 33% clone 777 and 67% Pommard clone. The vines are planted on gentle slopes in shallow, low vigor soils
Orientation: Northeast to east facing slope
Soil: Sedimentary rock
Viticulture: Head-trained, cane-pruned, dry farmed, non-interventionist
Vinification: 1.5 ton fermentors, hand punchdown, medium cuvaison
Aging: French oak barrels, 30% new, Allier and Nevers forest dominate
Production: 3,994
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.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 89
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.