Varner Three Blocks Pinot Noir 2014


“Gracious, elegant and absolutely impeccable in its balance, the 2014 Pinot Noir Three Blocks is terrific. The blend of vineyard sites works especially well in yielding a wine that is wonderfully complete. Sweet red cherry, tobacco and rose petal notes give the 2014 its bright, energetic feel. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2014 also packs a serious punch. In other words, there is a lot of wine here. Drinking window: 2018-2026. 94 points

These 2014 Pinots are the last wines brothers Bob and Jim Varner made from Spring Ridge Vineyard before shifting their focus to Santa Barbara. As always, the Varner Pinots are both distinctive and highly expressive of site. The Three Blocks Pinot is the same wine that was previously labeled as the Neely Pinot when the Varners worked in collaboration with Kirk Neely and Holly Myers, who own Spring Ridge Vineyard. Starting with the 2015 vintage, these four Pinots all appear under the Neely label.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/18)

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