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2016 Varner "Los Alamos Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

Regular price $22.10
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2016 Varner "Los Alamos Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

Regular price $22.10
Unit price
per 
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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. These check all the boxes for sustainability and traditional winegrowing. The wines are dry-farmed without fertilizers or pesticides and cover crops are planted between rows of vines. The site though is special here. 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. Like the twin brothers, there is some genetic juggling going on here too. The 2016 Varner Pinot is an edgy interplay between the robust 777 clone and more broadly structured, classic Pommard clone. This is the story of Varner, Pinot Noir that combines the traditional and modern Santa Barbara style in a sleek, spicy evening gown of wild red fruits, peppery wood tones, and lavender. 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. It 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.

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